Yes, I have been rubbish at posting lately – no excuses I’m afraid, just the usual getting on with things!
Ok, so my first stop on the blog train… Last Monday I went to a “Be a Student for a Day” at London’s Circus Space – the only UK circus school to run BA and MA degrees in circus arts. I’ve been interested in Circus Space for a while – my friend used to teach there – but it always seemed to be slightly unobtainable, time and money-wise. So despite being broke and lacking in holiday at work I jumped with both feet in, paid my £30 and afterwards felt like I’d been hit by a truck. But happy!
First we were split into two groups doing alternate classes with an ex ballet dancer, Phillipa, and amazing juggler Eddie and a student, Mimosa, from Alberts Instant Circus/So and So circus (currently performing in Camden Roundhouse’s CircusFest, which I’m going to at the end of this month). Our first class was static trapeze – I had no idea the day would be so full on – needless to say I faceplanted 3 times trying to do a “pike” before hooking my legs over, but it was brilliant – our teacher taught us to pose on the trapeze, stand up, hang upsidedown. It was incredible (if not very strenous. The teacher said most trapeze artists run 4km as a warm up daily… I’m not that fit)! Next up was a musicology lesson, where we learnt some choreography from stomp. Despite being an ex-musician I appear to have no rhythm or coordination whatsoever, and so this class was very hard for me. I wish I could dance, it’s so frustrating. But I guess I’ll have to keep at it. After lunch, our next class was juggling, amazing fun. I don’t think the teacher knew what to do with Eddie, already an accomplished contact juggler and normal juggler, so he set about teaching Mimosa 3 ball juggling and Phillipa and I…well, juggling, ha! I was rubbish but so pleased to be learning that I bought 3 balls straight afterwards! Our final class was Acrobatics, where the warm up alone I think nearly killed me. In an amazing room with bouncy floors and walls (ideal room, in life let alone the circus), we practiced tumbling and handstands, attempting cartwheels. I’m sure none of us had done this since we were 8 – it’s funny how phobic you become of hurting your neck, especially when doing backward rolls.
I left the circus buzzing beyond belief, and now I feel torn. I’m at the beginning of my career that I’ve worked hard to create foundations for, and yet my heart is tugging me towards the circus while I’m still young and able…. either way I’m starting a general circus skills class in Hammersmith with Albert and Friends Instant Circus. Also, rather than daily, I’m trying to run 3 miles once a week to build up my endurance and stamina. The training has begun!
I think the Burning Man preparation has finally started. The Fireworks Collective (the Burning Man fire performance troupe) finally has a theme for choreography, and each regional cell has been given a section. I’m a mixture of extremely nervous and excited (especially as my wicks arrived so I have no excuse). I’m trying to help Zoe organise things as well as I can, but I’m also scared of not being able to pull everyone together in time. The whole business is making everything seem a lot more real, as well as that my friend from the camp I’m staying in, Orphans Too (people travelling to Burning Man on their own) has offered me a ride to San Francisco. Only 4 more months…. and I still have none of the things I need, or am at a level of hooping I feel pleased about. Cue frantic nail biting!!
Oh, and in 3 days time my dreads will be 6 months old
And on a vegan note Booja chocolates are amazing!