About Sara Zalek

artist butoh dancer entrepreneur musician fluid lover

Mystical Bootcamp Performance Document


Link Up Residency Performance, Full Length Documented by Links Hall.

Mystical Bootcamp, video courtesy of Links Hall

Performers Brian Saner, Aurora Tabar, Charlie Universe, Sara Zalek

Photos By Alyce Hensen and Rachel Tredon


what Karen Faith said.

As I walked down the stairs to re-enter the world, your harmonies made themselves at home in my chest, humming open the back door of my heart. Bryan thank you for reminding me that the moon is a finite thing, that locomoting in mayurasana, like most magic, is yes insane but not impossible. Aurora, thank you for opening the vortex, for being its ambassador, for going where I could not go, for traveling into the great beyond and distilling its essence. Sara, thank you for dirt. Thank you for your brave hands, the diligence of your courage, how patient and willing your body is to accept what will come. You caught fire a few times. I saw a spark shoot up the middle of you, your limbs snapping sharply with the charge of it. It is hard to be so patient. It is hard to be so willing. Please tell Mr Universe I say thank you for the bass, for the dance and song. Tell him we knew about him that he was a warlock and it scared us. We watched him, feeling his power, wondering how he might conquer us. Thank him for his mercy, for giving us small, chewable bites, for refraining from destroying us too soon.

I cant believe its almost here.

I thought it as I rode up to Links today. I saw the man with the ponytail mustache riding the opposite way, as he did every Wednesday. Our lives crossed within this minute detail of the noticing. And today, again wondering if I would see him, and I did, and he nodded his head to me in recognition. Or so I like to think. I don’t know if I will ever see him again.

How many times will you watch the full moon rise?

The few regular tai chi practitioners follow our rehearsal times on Wednesdays. We are always still clearing out when they arrive. Our belongings strewn about, half dressed and gleeful. I finally met Clarice today, after she learned it was our last slated rehearsal. She expressed a real sense of disappointment, that we weren’t going to be there anymore. And we feel sense these things, and we know it is real.

It all seems limitless.


Thank you!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL!  We have even exceeded it (which is brilliant b/c taxes and processing fees were not included in our original estimate) We have learned, and we are getting psyched for the show to come. Thank you to everyone who donated so far! We will let you know when the monies are dispersed…special shout outs to our parents, the big backers!! ❤

Now come see it for yourselves, the Mystical Bootcamp.Purchase Tickets online here  We expect a sold out show, so get your tickets while you can!

Revised Structure

Please insert sound cues or make notes where things should be changed! obviously still some things to figure out. thanks!


Bryans head/torso out of sound booth. While Bryan is telling his story, A/S stir vortex? which is downstage R. they find two volunteers before the show, direct them at the beginning somehow..

200 runs. B/C/S do calisthenics. toe touch, situp, boats, push ups while Aurora tells her story. x.o.

Nationalismystic Dance Begin. Diagonal Facing Downstage R. Individually forward facing. All begin, three rounds with music.

Charlie: Round 3, at dive down, fall, lie, and go to wall, have a cigarette. Come back to do nationalismystic half time.

Bryan: Round 3,at forward block hambone to Sara’s old spot and begin new pedestrian dance in your own time.

Aurora: Round 4 you begin pedestrian dance in 4/4 time. Dive down indefinately.

Sara: Round 5, after nation lunge up, go into sight-down to transition to new pedestrian dance. After 3 rounds walk offstage. Bryan then leaves, then Charlie.

Costume Change. Sara first back….spread dirt/sprinkle water….tell story..

sparse sounds of walking in woods, wings flapping, water recordings?

Bryan in mask/horizon dances toward window, Charlie’s masked dance arcs upstage, toward windows. Aurora and Sara duet near dirt?

Charlie tells his story?

Wigman track. Wigman poses, tight cluster, Bryan tells his story, we are frozen in “mama”

Begin Healing Dance. Aurora leads meditation at the mike. Bryan and Sara duet, making noise, Charlie plays his bowls in the dirt. at 9 minutes LOUD DRONE, signals hum. Move dirt. Stand in the dirt. Smoosh while humming.


Revised Structure


Bryans story in window….while Bryan is telling his story, Charlie is recording, inside the space, A/S are stirring vortexs, they are on small platforms? with clear jugs. do we have some sort of capes or covering for our uniforms here?

Chime guests in?

Sara begins to tell her story. Of going to a biodynamic farming demonstration at her Tai Chi instructors house. “Learning about microbes and live dirt vs dead dirt. Taking a preparation of this “live dirt” – just one cup or so. Stirring vortexs of water and dirt–taking turns with two urns, 4 or 5 people around each one. Talking shit, telling stories, taking about work, and life, and watching two young lovers, feeling the pull of the water down, my arm becoming a cold paddle then turning it over to the next. Mesmorized. Springs of shrubs cut and handed out with small plastic tubs that were once Cool Whip. Flicking the yard all around with this now magic water. and studying the nature we were nuturing. I rode home with a Cool Whip container of this dirt and I got home and Aurora arrived. I told her, Im sure excitedly, about the vortex and the magic water. Together we went around the yard, front and back, sprinkling and talking, about our mothers, and our fathers, setbacks and dreams, and well now that has led us here. now.”

Aurora tells her story. x.o.

We talk about the order of things to come.

Are you ready?

Ready. etc

begin some shorter? version of 5BX, some vocal warm ups, and then start Nationalismismic Dance. Form a straight tight diagonal, Sara as drill sargent.

Charlie: at 3rd dive down, you fall, you lie, you roll over and stare up before getting up to walk to wall and have a cigarette. you then come back in once you see Sara do Sight Down.

Bryan: at forward block? right after bow stance…you start doing the hambone to a new location TBA and begin new pedestrian dance in your own time.

Aurora: Somewhere in round 4 you begin pedestrian dance in 4/4 time. After some of this you and Sara will both begin double time. this is signal to Charlie and Bryan that we are ending….peel off to costume change.

Sara: In round 5, after nation lunge up, go into can you hear me to transition to new pedestrian dance. After 2-3? rounds go double time with Aurora.

LIGHTING CHANGE, recorded stories repeat?

Sara enters from the back and perches in the audience, the mask facing backward.

Aurora begins laying out the dirt in forground, with mask on back of head.

Bryan puts on his lightening and horizon belt. Begins dance.

Charlie puts on his mask, collects his chicken foot stick and goes to perch.

Sara comes down from audience and gets some of the vortex water in a plastic container, something to flick with. She begins flicking the dirt with the water. She flicks some water around the space. Not too much maybe slippery?! This is a very slow and subtle movement. Charlie leaves perch to stamp it in the dirt.

(We are making some sounds here, work sounds? songs from working men, some kind of chain gang song??–strange idea) Haikus??

Is there a dance with Sara and Aurora here? A duet? totem movements?

Does Charlie want to dance here? Totem movements?

How can we incorporate storytelling here? or some magic/myth? or are we already?

Wigman poses, tighter cluster

Begin Healing Dance

More exstatic movements and specific gestures, listening to each other with our voices not our bodies necessarily. Maybe the light here is very low with some bright spots of color…it is more about the aural sensations?

Charlie call ours end after a set amount of time… 7 min? Culmination has occurred … by ceremoniously (somehow?) handing us our bowls. do we reach for them as he comes? we then chime bowls and Charlie again signals for vocal only by placing his hands on the “speakerbowl” and we hum. or some vowel chant. prolonged.

is there some faint recording that keeps echoing?