It wasn't until after my friend and also, former Rehearsal Director, Kate Lounsbury passed away that I learned about her solo career as a dancer. How she managed to keep this private till her death, I'll never understand. She was beautiful dancer, stunning to watch and passionate ~ performing each dance with a life unto itself. I suppose I don't need to know why I never knew about this - because she left behind a wonderful legacy of her work.
HOME: LEANING ON A MOMENT LEFT BEHIND is tribute to Kate - tracing her development from her roots in San Diego to the roots she planted in Seattle.
The concert comes from Kate to me as she is "present here" in the videos I am watching to learn her works. I get to see what Kate has taught me and to see her dancing as she preached which richly deepens what I continue to learn from her now. You, my audience, will then be gifted with these funny, fun, quirky, touching, passionate dances! May they resonate in you so that you can then help spread the good energy. Coming full circle, I will share this concert with Kate's friends and colleagues from her early days in San Diego. Dance is the gift that keeps on giving!
I am thrilled and honored to be learning the works of Carl Yamamoto, Patricia Sandback, Cate Bell and Kate herself! And (I hope Kate is ready for this) - we're going to perform a duet! Nothing fancy but video will be involved. Also on the program is my work …and the wind cried, my first solo in which Kate intensively worked with me and later travelled with me for performances in Yugoslavia. Now, having seen the works Kate danced as well as Kate herself performing, I can see clearly how we are soul-sisters of the dance, so much alike in energy, focus, and intention. It's exciting!
Kate passed away in October 2013. Her cancer had returned and was terminal. She made the decision, under the Death with Dignity law, to close her life on her own terms on a date she selected. With a deadline looming - Kate appreciated the pressure of deadlines - she spent time with her family of origin and with a family of friends she selected to be with her when she drank her final cocktail and bid us adieu.
Cancer brought about Kate's demise, but it was living with Diabetes that most affected her daily life from early childhood. Therefore DBD plans to donate at least $.05 on every dollar raised to the Diabetes Research Foundation to honor a magnificent organization that improved the lives of so many, including Kate, who are affected by this horrific disease.