Wednesday, December 30, 2009

posted Dec 30, 2009, 5:01 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Dec 30, 2009, 5:21 PM ]
Yesterday and today I was less productive than I intended.  I was kicking myself for it a little, but then I started thinking...I haven't had a vacation since I started grad school last January, and I'm not likely to have another one until well after September 2010.  So taking it easy for two days (three days counting tomorrow, which is New Year's Eve) seems acceptable.

I've been pretty productive this break, and I still plan to get more done.  So taking it easy for a few days doesn't seem so bad.

Tomorrow I'm going to Boston to do Boston First Night with Melissa, which should be fun.  I'm going to meet with her and Tullio at their place for lunch, then Melissa and I will go to to First Night Boston, starting with the short film festival at the Boston MFA, which is always fun.  Tullio has to stay home and finish his dissertation...

Boston First Night is always fun.  I did it my first year in the area, and on and off for several years after, but I haven't gone in quite a while.  They always have a tough time covering their budget, and it always seems like there's a risk it will be cancelled.  I'm glad they've been able to keep it going.

I still remember two amazing dance performances I saw at a previous First Night.  One was put on by the Partners for Youth with Disabilities, and did this amazing job of incorporating the physical abilities of its participants.  They had dancers with a huge range of physical conditions, and they pulled them all together into an incredibly beautiful performance.  I felt like it was a powerful way to blow away stereotypes of what people with disabilities can and can not do.

The second dance was a collaboration between an Irish step dancing team and an urban hip hop dance group.  Each group performed separately, and then they performed together.  It was an amazing fusion of different styles, and it was really moving.  I could never have pictured it ahead of time, but it worked incredibly well, with each style contributing to the other.