the swedish dance history is happening now

Make It Happen is participating in the 2010 edition of The Swedish Dance History.  Its a book, it is not particularly Swedish or historical, but it does take a broad view of dance.  This includes what we do at Make It Happen and what our clients do when they make it happen.

We’ve given them a list of our former clients’ dreams, goals, and achievements, which will be published in the 2010 edition of The Swedish Dance History.  (Without any clients’ names, of course!)   And in awesome MIH style, the editors and publishers of The Swedish Dance History put the entire book together in one day at ImPulz Tanz, aka the Vienna International Dance Festival.

Check out this great video of them making last year’s book happen at ImPulz Tanz, which I believe has a shiny silver cover.

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the excitable woman happens!

Great news from Trevor!

He writes that after over 100 hours of work (but who’s counting?) he made his excitable woman project happen.  Video below, and links to photos.   Nice work, Trevor!  Make it Happen!

Photos here!

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Anna in action

Anna, a Make It Happen client who we met at the Lost Horizon Night Market, had a dream of making more theater happen by September.

Anna writes from Maine “I spent all month preparing for a cattle-call audition for local casting directors scouting talent.   And I brought it.  My contract and ‘fortune’ are on my wall — gotta be the best decision I’ve made while drunk, or at least the most productive.”

Make it Happen, Anna!

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spilLover in the square in the NYTimes

Fyi, Josephine Decker’s SpilLover In The Square is covered in the CityRoom blog of the  New York Times.  See

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/times-square-130-p-m/

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SpilLover In The Square

We met Make It Happen client Josephine Decker at Figment on Governor’s Island a few weeks ago and talked about the screenplay she wanted to make happen.

Last week, Josephine got in touch about applying the Make It Happen approach to something a little larger, namely the BP oil spill in the gulf.  Josephine has created a performance piece about the spill which is taking place this week, Tuesday June 29 to Saturday July 3, 2010 in Times Square.

The piece involves dancers balancing buckets of oil on their heads (okay, its actually blackened water since oil is toxic).  It also involves a Make it Happen element, with Josephine and her collaborators talking to pedestrians about what they can do about the spill, oil use, and climate change more generally.

Can individuals really make it happen for the environment?  Does changing our personal habits work, or do we need to make it happen at a larger level, by working on policy, industries, and big organizational cleanup projects?  Go to Times Square this week and talk about it with Josephine.  Make it happen, make us proud!!

Visit http://spilloversquared.tumblr.com/ for more details, and check out

http://www.youtube.com/spilloversquared for video from the event

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Erin is on the move!

We received intriguing feedback today from Erin in Tulsa, a town near and dear to my heart.

Erin’s dream is to make a move happen.  Erin reports:

“I am traveling in search of options and opportunities.  Please send any ideas or collaborations … I make space wirm sculptures and diamonds.”

Two things about Erin’s postcard:  first, yes, she makes space wirms.  Not worms.  She specifically says wirms.

Second, if you want to know what space wirms are, you should contact her directly.  Erin includes her email address in the postcard. Write to us at makeithappen.tm@gmail.com to learn more…

This gentleperson makes these notebook worms and other delights…

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MIH at Figment, Governor’s Island

We made it happen again, at Figment on Governor’s Island, Saturday June 12.

The range of clients and projects was fantastic, and somewhat different from our previous outings at Flux Factory and the Lost Horizon Night Market. Whereas those events were at night and attended mostly by artists and party people, Governor’s Island attracted a more diverse audience, including some downright normal folks.

But everyone has something that they want to make happen, and Saturday’s attendees were no exception.  Things that people wanted to make happen this time around included:

– Becoming the skippers of a ship and sail in open water.

– Being a more disciplined actress.

– Reviving a business.

– Having more shared experiences.

– Finishing a film.

– Finding a partner.

– Making thanksgiving dinner in a stone house for friends and family!

– Finishing a film script.

– A prototype to redefine the transfer of knowledge and save the world.

– Mission statement for a theater company.

– Love!

It was a truly inspiring, energizing day.  In fact we were so involved with people making it happen that we neglected to take any pictures of our cozy porch in Nolan Park.  So if you’ve got photos, send them to us at makeithappen.tm@gmail.com.

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