So tired. My hands feel like claws after mostly failing at hand-to-hand.
This week (week 3 of 8) has been the hardest so far. I feel like I’m not making progress and am just doing things wrong.
On the good side, my lower back is healing up and doesn’t give me stabbing pain! I’m being careful and still being cautious with backbends.
I’ve been mostly lurking on Tumblr at the moment. I’ve been pretty busy and not felt much like posting.
In the last few weeks of August I was in Birmingham working with CircusMash on a R&D project ‘Float’. It was a circus performance and workshop experience aimed at families with children. So, we’d do perfomance scene - workshop - performance - workshop - performance - workshop - perfomance over 2 hours. The performances were 15mins and workshops 30-40 mins. The workshops were linked to the performance. For example, one scene featured aerial rings and hula hoop so the following workshop was aerial hoop and hula hoop.
Teaching workshops - photo by Jas Sansi https://www.flickr.com/photos/jassansi/
There were only 7 days of rehearsal and I had to create on new pieces of equipment. I got bruised a lot.
Aerial rings and Umbrella handle:
Photos by Jas Sansi https://www.flickr.com/photos/jassansi/
The first piece of advice I have for people if they want to be a crazy artist like me is that companies are there to exploit you, and to extract as much labor out of you as possible while paying you as little money as possible. Always treat companies with intense cynicism and try to exploit them back as much as you can. The big mistake that will fuck you over in life is being a team player, because you’ll waste years and years of your life until you wake up one day having made some company a lot of money and having made yourself shit….they will just take your hard work and talent to make money for themselves and discard you when you’re no longer useful. So be very cynical.
I’ve really lucked out with where I’m staying in Birmingham. I found a reasonably priced room through airbnb with a lovely old lady in a nice house. I’ve been welcomed and given run of the house (I can have a bath!). My host is well travelled and interested in the arts.
I realised a few days ago, that at this the moment I’m only interacting with circus performers and old ladies. That’s quite an odd view on the world. But it’s given me the life goal of becoming an eccentric old lady with lots of strange stories. Definitely doable
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