Friday, 28 February 2014

Hot Tub - Update #2


The replacement heater that meets our needs is not in stock. It has to be manufactured in California. They estimate 4 weeks. That means the hot tub will not be available again until April.

As mentioned in our previous update, Jandy, the manufacturer of our current heating unit is no longer supporting what they consider to be an outdated model. (we purchased it new just 4 years ago) After a lot of searching, we had to accept that some of the replacement parts we needed we no longer available. We therefore had no other choice but to order a brand new replacement heater.

The hot tub heater rotted from the outside in. It wasn’t the pool or hot tub water that destroyed it. It was the elements. We were told it was an outdoor unit. Apparently that means:
1) Outside and running all the time in a climate like Florida; or
2) Outside and shut off during the winter in climates like Canada

Of course, that was never made clear to us when we purchased it. Apparently in the cold winter temperatures, whenever the unit would shut off after running for a bit, condensation would form on all the inside parts which is what caused the corrosion from the outside in. So the next unit will be installed inside a small insulated shed. It should then last for about 8 to 10 years instead of the 4 we got.

We apologize again for the inconvenience. The staff misses the hot tub as much as everyone else during this cold weather. Everyone is working as fast as they can to fix the problem.

Photo: Daniel Wakefield Pasley/Emiliano Granado
Umpqua Hot Springs, Oregon
www.yonderjournal.com/guides/umpqua-hot-springs

Friday, 14 February 2014

Hot Tub Update


Unfortunately, Jandy, the manufacturer of our heating unit is no longer supporting what they consider to be an outdated model. (we purchased it new just 4 years ago) After a lot of searching, we have to accept that some of the replacement parts we need are not available. We therefore have no other choice but to order a brand new replacement heater. That likely means another few weeks of downtime.

We are very sorry.
We all miss the hot tub during this cold weather.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Untitled Feminist Show


Yesterday, Linda and I attended the premiere of the Untitled Feminist Show at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. This play by Brooklyn-based playwright Young Jean Lee is best described by their press release which states "Without dialogue, clothing or traditional gender signifiers on stage, six performers shake up gender norms and confront matters of sameness, differentiation and the seven stages of womanhood in this unconventional and highly adventurous dance-narrative."

The show is getting good reviews. Naomi Skwarna's review in Toronto Life is titled "This all-nude burlesque is the weirdest thing ever to hit the Toronto stage—and the must-see event of the season".

We found the show entertaining, engaging, and thought provoking. At times, the performances we amusing - intentionally. While there was clearly meaning in all of the scenes, it wasn't always clear to us. But as with many artistic renditions, our attempt to interpret and analyze the intent is part of experience. The show was brief (about an hour) but I doubt that the 6 performers could sustain that amount of energy any longer.

Of course, the nudity wasn't jarring at all to us. It only felt odd to be clothed while the performers were nude; it gave me a feeling of being a bit of a voyeur. But other than that, it was what you would expect to see when a performance is done in a naturist setting—a bunch of normal people of all shapes and sizes unconcerned with their bodies and focused on their performance. But of course, it means a lot more to most spectators. As Skwarna says in her review, "The crude nudity is a lightning rod. The actors’ soft bellies, bare nipples and pubic hair will provoke and appall respectable theatregoers. But by the end of the show, the nudity is no longer a catalyst. It’s a neutralizer, a way to clear the palette of femininity, to lay each idea out and see it for what it very often is—an accessory." That's actually a pretty good summary of why nudity is an important aspect of the naturist philosophy.

But I'm not certain that the performers' nudity was much more than another costume for them. They return at the end for their curtain call fully dressed. It leaves me pondering whether they are able to be comfortable with their natural bodies in the real world. Are they covered prior to their entrance? Do they feel the need to be dressed in the dressing room? Can they find identity off-stage without clothing? Are they as confident nude when they are not performing their role?

The Untitled Feminist Show is well worth seeing. You can analyze it from a feminist perspective. Or look at it through the eyes of all of the textiles who attend and see what it means to be a naturist. Either direction is an interesting intellectual exercise. I recommend catching it before it leaves Toronto.

The show is on every night until Saturday (Feb. 15)
Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets are available either by phone +1 416-973-4000
or online at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/boxoffice/

Untitled Feminist Show Website: www.youngjeanlee.org/feminist

- St├ęphane

#artlive 
Photo: Julieta Cervantes