Posted by: Catherine Moores | September 23, 2013

September 20, 2013

At our initial meeting we discussed personal goals and preliminary plans to begin working towards a performance. Our first goal is to keep working on choreography used in our classes this fall and eventually use it as part of a performance. As part of the last class is used to put on a mini-performance for our peers, we can use this an an opportunity to “practice” public performance. 

With Jane’s permission, we may also attend another class to learn about some of the dynamics of participating in a performance. We may do palmas etc. and learn to support each other as we would in a performance.

A few ideas for performance spaces were suggested: Expressionz Cafe (http://expressionzcafe.com/) and the Culture Collective (http://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/projects/190-the-culture-collective/). These are both good opportunities for us – going forward let’s keep an eye out for performance spaces / opportunities and as we develop our skills we can work towards participating in something like the Culture Collective or putting together our own show at Expressionz.

Cat is interested in exploring the feasibility of starting a Flamenco festival in Edmonton. Jane and Cat will meet to chat about this and then Cat will follow up and explore in detail. Advice and/or support in this area welcome.

Towards the end of classes we will decide on a date to meet in December to review where we’re at and next steps. This should be organized soon as December calendars fill up quickly.

Posted by: Catherine Moores | September 13, 2009

ARCHIVES NZ – AGAIN

This is a post I created when I was competing for the chance to travel around NZ as a travel blogger. I really like it and think the information is good, so I’m going to post it here so it’s not lost.

I spent about six weeks working at New Zealand’s national archives building in July / August 2009.IMGP2441

It was fascinating. The majority of their collection is stored on massive shelving units that each weigh about the same as a bus. Thanks to physics, much easier to move.

Photo taken with permission from Archives NZ

My time was spent retrieving items from the stacks and lots of digitizing. Some records are restricted; others are available for public viewing. I retrieved requests for a plane crash investigation from the 1920’s, coroner’s reports, wills, land development plans, etc.

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII, and there are many WWII records at Archives NZ. One soldier’s diary describes his capture, imprisonment, and life as a POW in Italy in the early 1940’s. Another diary described a POW’s run-in at gun point with Mussolini. I also read how some POWs felt when they received their Canadian Red Cross care packages. Bars of soap! Chocolate! Real socks! The soldier wrote that the men would never, ever be able to find words to express how much joy the little care packages gave them, how they lived for these moments and that at times it was getting these small tokens that gave them enough hope to survive a few days more.

Individuals frequently look for war records of family members. As requests come in the files are scanned and put online for public viewing. It was difficult not to feel moved by the piles and piles of envelopes, knowing so many have the word ‘DECEASED’ generically stamped across the front page. One file had these words: “discharged due to wounds received in action. Location of wound: left leg. (Blown off)” Just like that. Blown off. In parentheses.

Perhaps most moving of all are the “Fit for Service” forms. One side of the paper might read “Farmer from Otago” and on the other side “Killed in Action, Gallipoli, June 10 1915.”

Working at Archives NZ has given me a much greater appreciation of the written word.

Something I learned: UNESCO has created a program called the Memory of the World. Countries submit records believed to be significant to the recorded history of the human race. Everything from the Canadian Hudson’s Bay Company Archival Records to the Wizard of Oz to the earliest known record of the Phoenician alphabet (“generally believed to be the ancestor of almost all modern alphabets” says Wikipedia) has been registered. As of August 2009 New Zealand has two records on the list – the Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Both of these documents are housed at Archives NZ and are available for the public to view, free of charge.

Posted by: Catherine Moores | September 8, 2009

4th Place is Still Pretty Good

Hello everyone:

I started this blog in August, then found out about a competition to be a travel blogger for three months in New Zealand. This blog was promptly abandoned in order to pursue that opportunity. Alas, although I was one of ten finalists, I didn’t make the final three. I placed fourth, missing the third place position by about 17 votes. It was very close!

Regardless, it was a great experience. I think I’ll import a few of the posts I created for the competition to this site. Even though I haven’t found someone to sponsor my travel adventures, yet, I’m going to keep at it. Travel is what I love, and if I can pass on some of that excitement to you, then I’m doing my job. That makes me happy.

Cat

Posted by: Catherine Moores | August 6, 2009

It Begins in New Zealand

The blogging that is. The travels have been happening for over a decade. It’s time to start documenting and sharing!

Until I find a way to go back in time and ask myself to blog whilst travelling, I’ll have to backdate posts or something. Lots to share.

Let’s begin in Wellington, where I find myself living these days.

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