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SOS (State of Space)

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 12:36am 1 Comment

A weekly collaborative workshop in NY

conducted by Ashley A. Friend at Wow Café Theatre every Monday 10am-2pm for the rest of June...!

It began in May and it is open to all who are interested in technology and performance.

A weekly group dedicated to experimenting with space, light, projection, video,

sound, and whatever other technology is brought to the group.


Educate (re-educate) self and… Continue

White Sands and film

Posted on December 27, 2008 at 7:26pm 0 Comments

White Sands, New Mexico


This is about the fifth time that I drove around for an hour or two… Continue

ID the US three-month tour

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 4:47pm 0 Comments

I will be using a central blog to document my 3 month solo trip across america.

It sort of started a couple weeks ago, but now I'm in NYC wrapping some things up.

To be updated go to the blog xoxo... and if you live along the trip let me know, I would love to meet!

ID... Sunday at Three, 92nd St Y!

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 10:08am 0 Comments

Hello fellow dance-techians...

This is an announcement for my latest piece. The piece is a work in progress and the most tech that I have applied are my mean skills of sound editing the Beach Boys... and silence... mixed with a little Aphex Twin... just a sketch. The other view of technology that I hold involves the mechanics of the body and the creation of a movement structure or system that I call the scary body, more below. If you are here in NY please try to attend, thanks a… Continue

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At 1:24am on April 14, 2010, Michael Freeman said…
hey gorgeous
At 2:26pm on March 9, 2009, Ashley said…
Hi Ashley. Gah, I've been away from Dance-tech and am now getting your reply. I was with Stelarc at Cornell in Ithaca. Berkeley is treating me you have any shows coming up?? I'll be in NYC in a couple of months.
At 8:31pm on January 20, 2009, Chad Michael Hall said…
Hi Ashley,

So great to hear from you! What a small world we know!
The residency went really well at San Luis Obispo- the students were great, Diana is awesome, and the town is beautiful. It was a great trip.
I'm actually at the airport in Phoenix right now- just finished a week-long residency at Scottsdale Community College. Do you know Angela Rosenkrans? She's the director of the dance program there- a surprisingly strong program for a community college! I made a new work for the company dancers. Ah, to be an artist :) yay.
I hope your trip back to NYC went well- you didn't end up in the Hudson, did you?
Take care, best of luck, and have a wonderful and prosperous new year.


All the Best,


Chad Michael Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dance Program
Loyola Marymount University
At 5:33pm on November 1, 2008, noelle stiles said…
Hey ladybug,

You are here. I am here. Yet we aren't together. I called you back this morning.
can't wait to see you, n
At 9:21pm on September 7, 2008, Julie N. Cruse said…
In considering where we are now, at this stage of our evolution, I see a species caught in the web of survival constructs of bygone eras. While a few people hold onto power, because they are out of touch with the realities of most people, the rest struggle to have a life. I always think of my tomatoes in my backyard - how a bit of technology helps them: water every morning, a wooden steak to support the stems. This is timeless. Just as food, shelter, and love are timeless for us. When any construct is overused, it disables. Too much water drowns. Too much support becomes obstacle.

Maybe directional opposition, weight, and balance will always be there for us. Maybe the classic model of dance technique will hold its place. But there is a new breed of tomatoes among our dancing-thinking community. We'll need to devise technique to work for them - us - and you are among those pursuing that.

We have to realize that every moment is a new moment... no matter what remains of the past we are circulating within and around.
At 2:14am on September 5, 2008, Ashley said…
Ashley, I had lunch with Stelarc this past Spring and he mentioned your name and that I might be interested in your work. When I saw your name here I remembered the reference and thought I would send a note. Your work and thoughts on dance and technology look incredibly interesting... I would love to learn more/discuss ideas!
At 4:32pm on August 23, 2008, Marlon Barrios Solano said…
THis is post for the video:
Hi Ashley. This is great. Your idea about the environment, the natural raw environment, being a scary body brings up a couple of things for me. 1 is that this work resolves the tension of dance when technique creates a dichotomy between internal space and external space. The relationship between internal space and external space can be construed many ways, but ultimately space is an extension of ourselves (we are part of ecology).

Speaking of Ecology, we spend most days in architecturally neutered spaces, so we are not equipped to deal with the changing terrain of unaltered nature. Dancing in Sololos, going outside and feeling how muffled the dance suddenly felt, makes me notice how our architectural spaces centralize human beings. It's a skewed reality.

Ultimately, media calls for adaptability to change, at least cognitively - upgrades and digital spaces take us to new interfaces at hyper speed. At the same time, our relationship with nature has never been so predominately important - going green, fuel crisis, Amazon land laws buckling, sustainability.

During a time of heightened awareness about the importance of our balanced relationship with our environment, and our need to adapt to changing virtual and digital spaces, I find this moving adventure proactive, and courageous.

At 4:24pm on July 15, 2008, Georg Hobmeier said…
on the road as well. amsterdamned in the moment. i'm lousy with blogging, so you have to nag, if you want more information.
At 6:03am on June 26, 2008, Georg Hobmeier said…
hey ashleyyy!
how is your tour coming along? i'm just about to leave glasgow and return to continental wilderness.
At 6:42pm on April 20, 2008, Tiffany Rhynard said…
hot shades lady. okay, so i am finally coming to the city at the beginning of june. i need to shoot a bunch of footage of trash. want to join me?

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