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"Here are all these amazing performers in amazing costumes... and I'm one of them!"

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Jan. 27th, 2009 | 04:17 pm


I performed with Can Can at the SF Edwardian (Gorey) Ball on Friday and Sunday. Saw many a beautiful costume, lots of wonderful creations and performances from many many artists. My first attendance at the event, and really cool to be there as a performer, especially in a community where everyone has their own unique set of skills. Much mutual admiration society backstage and appreciation for fabulous costumes and talent and individuality.

The on stage acts were amazing, too. The Vau de Vire Society VooDoo Dolls were one of the most creative and interesting contortion acts I've seen -- central "witch" with two voodoo dolls, who bent and twisted the dolls to cause the two contortionists to contort. The aerialists were beautiful and made me want to go to circus school... I'm sure it would involve a lot of bruising and sore upper body muscles, but oh, to fly... how wonderful that would be! (Reminds me of the time I wanted to learn theatre arts -- ballroom with all sorts of neat lifts and things. Someday, someday).

Unrelatedly, next year, I'm going all-out, costume-wise. And hopefully going in full costume on a night when I'm not performing. Because that would be awesome.

Also, discussions with threadwalker at an impromptu lunch/erranding (which was super handy as I manage to actually accomplish a couple of things that I'd been meaning to do for a while and just sort of neglected)/wanderings yesterday made me realize that I really, really miss teaching. Must remember to start looking for summer teaching jobs at community and state colleges. After all, I spent a good deal of energy earning my Master's. Time to start putting it to good use, I think.

Rethinking life dreams some as I'm becoming a bit disenchanted with the reality of being a research scientist and beginning to feel that research science isn't necessarily the way to make the difference to the world that I really hope to make. Some of it is "grass is greener," but other is realizing that while I love science and all that is to be learned and understood about us and the world, I'm not sure I can really live doing only that (plus hobbies) for the rest of my adult life. I have too many interests, too many loves and too many things I want to pursue and enjoy and share.

The older I get, the more like my mother I realize I am. Which, given that my mother was awesome and a master of many trades, is not such a bad thing to be.

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Sam

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from: edge_of_within
date: Jan. 28th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
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You're welcome ;)

circus - there is a little bruising, but perhaps not as much as you'd imagine, especially since I think you bruise yourself enough anyway that you wouldn't notice any addition.
Sore upper body is a given, as are more muscle.

Flying - it really is as wonderful as you'd imagine.
Someday - psh! Today! You're not young forever!

Unrelatedly next year - interested in doing a (vintage) waltz for the dance exhibition?

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Jan. 28th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
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Dude... I have grad school to finish and a wedding to plan. And Dance and Can Can and for now, that's really quite enough. After I get married, though, maybe I'll carve out some time for aerials. :-P

Would love to do a waltzy something for the dance exhibition, but no promises as I am likely to find myself on the other side of the planet from approximately right after Dickens until mid-January for my honeymoon.

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Sam

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date: Jan. 28th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Valid point(s).

Damn those honeymoons interfering with dancey plans!

Well, as long as you're back before EB next year!

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