“Well, you LOOK great…” When you feel good, it’s hard for you – or anyone – to imagine that you’re sick. That was my experience this round. After my last miserable round of chemo, I walked into my oncologist’s appointment ready to take control. I went over my severe side effects and asked for the … More The C Word – Part 9
“My Belly” I always wished I had a flat stomach. Be careful what you wish for. It’s funny how words can get stuck in our psyche and limit our potential. I’ve always been thin. My whole life. I was angular and awkward. In school, I was called “geeky” “scrawny” and “scraggly” and “squirrelly” (those being … More THE C Word – Part 8
The third week after my first treatment was GLORIOUS. I felt amazing, my appetite was fully restored, I had SO much energy, and our gig at the resort went perfectly! It was a blissful week. But then, Round Two began. Round two of chemo was not nearly as tolerable as round one. Firstly, this time … More The C Word – Part 7
About seven days after my first Chemo appointment, my initial side effects had finally subsided. The nausea subsided first and my appetite came back, thank goodness. The cold sensitivity in my throat was finally gone, but the sensitivity in my fingertips only decreased. Now when I touch cold things, my fingers feel like they do … More The C Word – Part 6
Today was the first day of my artist’s residency. I packed up my computer and yoga mat and headed over to the city’s arts centre. It’s not a dance studio, but a multi-function public arts space and gallery. I put on some of my favorite lush jazz (Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Diana Krall) to fit … More Day One – Dance Residency!
Something I’m very proud of starts next week! My muggle self (Kyrst Hogan) will be the Artist In Residence this summer at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam. My project is called Dance Deconstructed and aims to de-mystify the structure and language of dance and empower people with the joy of dancing. … More An Artist in Residency
My name is Kyrst but I’m known to many as Burgundy. I’ve been a creative person my entire life, with careers and skills in theatre, music, dance, design, producing, directing, writing, visual arts and more. More than just a triple-threat, I guess I’m a poly-threat. I have a BA degree in Theatre Arts which launched … More Who Am I, Anyway?
I cannot remember a time when I was not creating. Making something, whether it be art, craft, music, dance or theatre. It seems that the action of creating is a huge part of my foundation as a human being. I remember my parents were always creating too. Often they were simple things spurred in many … More CREATIVE ORIGINS – A Preface
If you know me, you’ll probably agree with me; if you don’t, I’ll tell you right now. I know a lot of things. I have a lot of skills. Or “talents” if that’s what you want to call them. But I also have a thirst for more knowledge. Knowledge about nearly everything I see. The … More ON CREATIVE SELF-WORTH