I’ve been in uber-self-critical mode lately, particularly since I’ve started splicing old video clips to pick out moments to go on my NECCA Intensive Year audition reel and the proportion of good moments in my work is far outweighed by blah moments (by my updated performance standards, which get augmented by humbling experiences that happen while traveling…and, uh, YouTube).
…So it felt really nice when the traveling performer on the Cirque cast list said that I have a really good back, and gave me a bunch of neat back-strength straps exercises to work on, as well as back flexibility techniques on lyra to play with. I have never been very comfortable or skilled on lyra, so it was exciting to find a set of skills that work within my particular set of strengths and limitations. Really grateful for all of the support and mentorship I have received from inspiring performers that have summited the mountains I hope to climb someday. Circus family!
Also kicking my own butt on tissu this month, since I started neglecting them after getting into a groove on rope, trapeze, and handstands. This week I am working on a few new drops, a bunch of comfortable drops in layered sequences (e.g. Jacob ‘s ladder into a single star), and some freaky strength/control things (drops to wrist locks, fetus descent…). Crazy times.
That’s pretty much all I am doing right now. I should have my New Mexico massage license very soon. I’ll be doing an artist’s residency at the Penasco theater in les than two weeks.