OosImaginary video up

A video of OosImaginary performing last Spring, with Sam Goodman, Lisa Frank, and me dancing, and Teddy Rankin-Parker playing cello. Enjoy!

Video from Judson Church CEC ArtsLink performance

Here's a video of the collaborative improv piece at Judson Church!

CEC ArtsLink dance concert at Judson Church, 6 July 2009 from Jake on Vimeo.

Leonid Glukhov (dance)
Natalya Podkovyrova (dance)
Maria Samsonova (dance)
Olga Zimina (dance)
Macha Gharibian (piano)
Lorenzo Sanguedolce (saxophone)
Jake Wise (clarinet)

Reflection at The Tank - VIDEO up!

The Raw and the Cooked show on April 15 has come and gone, and it was a great success. We performed my piece, Reflection, twice - once before the "raw" portion of the show, and once after. I've gotten great feedback but still would like to further explore the piece, clear some ideas up, and rehearse specific movements more.

Cooked/April 15th - 2009 from Tatyana Tenenbaum on Vimeo.

Tatyana posted this video of the first performance on The Raw and the Cooked blog, with this commentary:

"[This] piece, scored and directed by Jake Wise, was featured as the "cooked" portion of April's show. The performers (Jake Wise, Alejandro Acierto, Tanya Kalmanovich [sic], Emily Bielagus, and Maitreya Levanchild) ran through the piece shortly before the entire group met to discuss the evening's scores. Upon seeing it, I was moved and inspired by [the] structure Jake had created. The piece was at once intricate and specific, and highly candid and improvisational. I asked them to perform the piece twice: Once at the beginning of the show, and once at the end. I had seen this trick used at a Philip Glass concert that my dad took me to when I was 12. The experience as an audience member was highly rewarding.

Senate OK's Coburn Amendment Which Will Halt Aid to Theatre & Arts

The NYS ARTS Group has just announced that "although the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the Economic Recovery Package on January 28 by a vote of 244 to 188 which successfully included $50 million in supplemental grants funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), now the Senate, during their consideration of the economic recovery bill, approved an egregious amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). The Coburn amendment stated that "None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project."

Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a wide vote margin of 73-24, and surprisingly included support from many high profile Senators including Senator Chuck Schumer.

If the Coburn amendment language is included in the final conference version of this legislation, many arts groups will be prevented from receiving economic recovery funds from any portion of this specific stimulus bill. It is clear that there is still much work to be done in the Senate and in the media about the role that nonprofit arts organizations and artists play in the nation's economy and workforce.

NYS ARTS has created a "Plan of Action" which is listed below...

Proposition 8 is terrible

Dancing President

I remember percussionist Jamey Haddad telling a class that he played a government-sponsored concert somewhere in Africa with musicians from around the world. (Does anyone who took the class remember where?) The musicians, from all different countries, played and danced together long into the night when they weren't rehearsing or performing. This was during George W. Bush's first term, and these musicians told Jamey that if only our President knew what it was like to really dance, the world would be a different place.

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Under Milk Wood coming up

I'm doing another play with Rebellious Subjects. This time it's at the Cutting Room, and it's a staged production of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood. Coming up on Halloween!

Rebellious Subjects Theatre presents Under Milk Wood


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