History - On the Gutting Ledge (1990)
June 1 - 3, 1990 - Another Language Performance Studio, 345 West Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah

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Glimpse at the Goober in Your Galoshes - Rehearsal (1990)

Choreographers: Christopher Murry Ivins, Elizabeth A. Miklavcic
Music: (Video Credits)
Dancers: Christopher Murry Ivins, Elizabeth A. Miklavcic
Location: Another Language Performance Studio, 345 West Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah
Length: 5:02 minutes
This rehearsal documentary recording shows the last five minutes of the longer fifteen minute dance. Structured into three movements, what is seen here is the final movement that comes after the musical and black light section of Glimpse At The Goober In Your Galoshes. Rehearsals were challenging and fun. With how quirky and fragmented this dance was, it had to be really tight. Although, it is not tight at all in this rehearsal. It looks like the primary thing that needed to be worked on is the timing between the two dancers. The basic structure of the dance was in place.

As you can see the door to the back garden area is wide open, and the front door (unseen) was also open so that a breeze could cool the very warm, not air-conditioned studio. The concert took place in early June, and it looks like it was already heating up for the summer. The dancers had probably run the piece several times, as well as, rehearsed other dances in the concert. Goober was a deceptively physically challenging dance with lifts, rolls, and level changes that are all kind of off in this rehearsal. Fatigue was probably setting in. The timing between the two dancers did improve dramatically after many more rehearsals. The quality and intention of the dance was of two people at play, almost as if they were children messing with each other. There was a purposeful, casual approach to the kinetics of the dance that had to be executed very well.

The Company Members were showing each other their pieces for input and constructive critiques. Jimmy gave a suggestion that when Elizabeth made the jaw sounds at the very end of the dance, that Christopher respond as if she was controlling him like a marionette. That added detail made a lot more sense to the ending of the dance, and Elizabeth had fun playing around with the timing to challenge Christopher's hopping, flopping, and dangling skills.

Both highly trained dancers from the University of Utah Modern Dance Program, Christopher and Elizabeth enjoyed working together, but this was the first and last time they would co-create a dance. After the On The Gutting Ledge concert Christopher moved on to other aspects of his life, including serving in the armed forces and then becoming a widely renowned steady-cam operator in Hollywood, California.