Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Dance Is Who I am"

      The talent of Clover Mathis was spotted by Alvin Ailey in a dance class at Spelman College in Atlanta in 1967. He spent the next 2 & 1/2 years with the Dance Theater of Harlem, then toured with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) beginning in 1971. Here is my interview.
Clover Mathis, Dancer & Choreograher

MOLLOY: How long did you tour with Alvin Ailey's company?

MATHIS: I toured with AAADT in Eastern and Western Europe, the United States and Canada for about 3 years.

MOLLOY: Whom do you admire?

MATHIS: I love the quote by Duke Ellington that goes "Each man prays to God in his own language and there is no language God does not understand".  I agree with him whole-heartedly. However, the noun God does not reflect my awareness of the Source. As a Spirit Warrior and wanna-be Taoist, I would say there is no language  the Great Spirit does not understand.

MOLLOY: Can you say that the world of the arts, dance in particular, has satisfied your hunger for a spiritual connection?

MATHIS:  Dance is not what I do. Dance is who I am. For a long time I was estranged from the culture of dance. I did not like the direction concert dance has taken. I neither took class nor attended any performances. This has changed for me however.  I primarily listened to what my body was saying...I realized I wanted to dance again.

MOLLOY: Are you available for choreographic commissions or private lessons? If I google your name there are three pages of references. Now that you have begun to write your memoirs, we can look forward to reading those?

MATHIS: I keep to myself. I did engage in a performance series recently in the Mission District in San Francisco. The location was the Dance Mission, and the group was Labayen  Dancers. (See photo below) If I was comfortable with the dance company leadership, I would consider working again in my field.

MOLLOY: You also speak of listening to James Brown.

MATHIS: As a  younger man, I was aware of the stigma about male dancers, but when I listened to Brown I recall the lyric about "You've got to live for yourself, yourself and nobody else". Rudolf Nureyev had defected to the West in 1961, and he had a virile, graceful style of dancing that had changed the general perception of male dancers. I was affected by his professional prestige.

MOLLOY: I went to Portland, Oregon with my mother to watch Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn perform "Swan Lake" in 1960. The audience went nuts. I still have the program, it was from one of the final tours of The Royal Ballet from London. The whole country was open to new art and artists. It was an exciting time.

Peggy Molloy and Clover Mathis first worked together as dancers in the Danny Sloane Modern Dance Company in Boston, MA.
Clover Mathis can be reached through his talent managing agent with Http://

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I have an intellectual argument with allowing the Visual & Performing Arts being placed within the umbrella of Entertainment, however, since film, music, and the dramatic arts crossover into painting, sculpture, symphony orchestra concerts, and ballet,...I agree to use the term Entertainment loosely. The arts encompass social and cultural information that cannot be ascertained except through individual perception and interpretation. My preference towards training is in the classical arts, and I have an interest in managing classical artists. A favorite site is Http://

One of the finest resources regarding the Visual Arts is from Princeton University. Their online site provides us with lesson information, extensive resources for National and International Art Associations, a resource of art sites, cartoons,  and news. There is also a link to JOBS with the following designations: Advertising Art, Animation & Cartooning, Desktop Publishing, Video Game Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Design, Web Design, and Career Advice.

You can also find color symbolism charts, and books that give us fascinating insights into the history of color, along with many other resources for scholarly pursuit of the visual art worlds.

This leads me to my next topic which is relevant to the Performing
Arts on tour. It is one thing to create and build a set for a stationary stage, and understand that its purpose is to be a destination.

It is quite another thing to take a set, props, musical instruments, cast and crews on international tours.

There is a company based out of London, but maintains offices throughout the world that specializes in AIR-LAND-SEA situations called Rock It Cargo. It began as a rock and roll tour company but currently offers excellent services to theatre, circus, orchestra, tradeshow, film, commercial, live events, fine arts, music touring, and industrial project types.

I was interested in researching risk management needs and solutions, so I checked out their page on
"Rock-It Cargo USA LLC Terms and Conditions of Service". By following the outline of items a person can gauge the decision-making required when one goes on tour.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pegalomania Productions

New challenges have presented themselves. First of all, there is a travel site that wants to promote my new found arts tours feature. I am accepting feedback regarding where folks would like to travel to, and what visual and/or performing arts they would like to watch.