Sunday, April 19, 2009

In the Home Stretch

Since January my life has been filled with rehearsals for an aerial dance show. Most weeks there have been four rehearsals, mostly starting at 8:45 PM. That would get me home around 11:15 PM, all cranked up and not at all sleepy. That was quite challenging when I had to get up and go to work every day. It was also hard to have quality time with my wife. Fortunately, she is an understanding sort, and knows how much a show like this means to me. So we adjusted our schedules and lives to make quality time for each other.

The show is next weekend, and so this is the final push to the end of the process. Everyone involved in the show is working like a dog to solicit volunteers, coordinate the space, the details of seating and lighting and rigging and videography and photography and make-up and costuming and publicity...

Oh yeah, and polishing their pieces.


This is a talented bunch of creative people working hard at their craft for no reward other than the satisfaction of putting on a good show. I have seen the budget, and I have seen the estimated ticket sales if we sell out each show. I am here to tell you, no one is getting rich on this. Ahh, but the experience itself is rich beyond compare!


For me personally it has been a time of growth as I learn more of the process of choreography, and working with fellow dancers in a cooperative way. There are no dictators here; no one has the ultimate say in how each piece was crafted. There are no divas.

Field Testing Portable Studio

This show is a 20th anniversary for the troupe - Cycropia Aerial Dance - and part of the mission for this show is a celebration of community. Not only the community of the troupe itself - though that is a spicy melange of its own - but of the relationship between the troupe and the larger community in which we live.

Spring Show Promo

The show is Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees. Details are HERE. If you cannot catch the show, enjoy these pre-production photos and wish us luck. We are in the home stretch now, and it is all coming together.

Spring Show Promo

1 comment:

  1. aw I wish I could have seen the show. From this set of photos it looks like it was an amazing show.
    & wow at the dedication of how long you rehearsed 8am-11pm?? That's incredible dedication.


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