Diary #25

HALLIBURTON, THE HAGUE, 2001 — I’d received my MFA from Koninklijk a couple of years earlier and was just sort of stomping about, hanging out with Mark, and looking for work. Then I met Gregory Horne, Bureau Chief at the Halliburton offices in The Hague. Actually, I kind of think he met my mother in DC first, and she somehow kind of orchestrated the whole meeting. Either way, the Bush Administration had just come into office, and Halliburton was getting massive contract after massive contract.

Greg knew everything about oil and wet ops, but he really didn’t have any background in the arts at all. The Bush Administration’s magnum opus was a enormous piece “Dance of Destruction” featuring, among other things, a synchronized skydiving team the scale of which the world had never seen. Although you won’t find it in any record books, I think I actually still hold the record as the person who placed the single largest taffeta order in, well, the history of taffeta.

Gregory Horne and Vaneeesa Blaylock looking at project models on a table, Halliburton, The Hague, 2001

THE HAGUE, 2012 — hahaha, after all my troubles / adventures with the dance faculty at Koninklijk, and then to finally wind up with an MFA not in dance but in new media – so, of course, my first real career position would be as a choreographer for a multinational corporation on a monumental global performance! 😛

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