Dreams, Amirite?

This morning I had a dream that involved a conversation about guns and an attempt to do some grocery shopping at a Trader Joe’s-type store where spaghetti was $11 for a 3-pound package. I remember trying to figure out if that was an expensive-but-acceptable price, or a just-plain-expensive price. 

In the dream I was scrawny, maybe 19, still in my underage club kid phase, but I was also somehow me, now, as one sometimes is in dreams.

I have no idea what, if anything, that dream was trying to tell me (mostly, I suspect it was a dream about feeling unprepared), but I’ll tell dream-me this: $11 is way too much for 3 pounds of store-brand spaghetti.


This week I’m prepping for PlayThink in the morning and rehearsing for a show in the afternoon. Monday we began creating things; today we run through the show; tomorrow we do tech; Sunday we have a dress rehearsal in the morning and the show in the evening. It’s a gala for a new botanical garden. 

Tiny stage, so I’m glad we get to rehearse onstage before the show. 

When I get back from PlayThink, June will be halfway over.

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Getting along pretty well with bipolar disorder. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2019/06/07, in #dancerlife, it is a silly place, life, work and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. My Password is not working… … …

  2. Well, it wasn’t public. I never got to see it. I just got a message that you posted something confidential (juicy!!?) and that i needed to sign into my account to view it. Your stage hair and face paint from Instadance look awesome, btw. Cheers. M

    • Lol, nothing juicy, just a sandbox where I could test some formatting stuff 😁 (it wasn’t even particularly juicy formatting 😂). When I say it shouldn’t have been public, I mean it shouldn’t have been visible even as a login box.

      Thanks btw! I was really pleased with how that makeup came out. The hair is just doing what it does, lol: the dirtier it is, the more fabulous it looks, until it finally suddenly reaches the point of looking disgusting, lol

  3. Hey Asher, I just wanted to let you know how much fun it is to have my dancing improve so much. I wish i could do class more than just the twice a week it is offered. There is so much to learn, but its so rewarding to be able to make it through more sequences without messing up as much. I am thinking of asking my teacher what she would think of working with me pseudo-privately on choreography for “music of the night” from Phantom, but i don’t know if 6.5 minutes of almost all adagio makes sense. It would probably put any audience to sleep, but maybe its just that i love that music so much i just want to move to it. Does this make my butt … … … oh, wrong cliche. Would asking this make me sound like an idiot? Cheers. M

    • I don’t think it makes you sound like an idiot (though adagio can definitely make your butt look bigger … It takes muscle! 😁).

      My primary caution is that 6 minutes of pure adagio solo might be utterly exhausting to perform with sound technique 😅 (There’s a reason most variations are short! 😁) That said, the piece I set for last summer’s benefit performance is 100% adagio, and though there are several dancers nobody gets a break, and it was doable.

      From an audience perspective, it really depends on the choreography and the execution. There are great some long, slow solo pieces out there–i wish I could remember the titles; I’ve seen some good ones from contemporary ballet and modern companies.

      Your challenge as a choreographer in that situation is to make the shape (metaphorically speaking) of the overall dance compelling–to give it a kind of “narrative thread” to keep the audience engaged (even if you’re not literally telling a story).

      Likewise, with a song like “Music of the Night,” you face the additional challenge of keeping things fresh during parts of the music that repeat (I’m working through that on a solo piece I’m settibg right now, too).

      Your teacher should be able to help you find your way forward in that regard. I find it really helpful to show my works in progress to various people; often they help me figure out how to some choreographic problems (even ones I didn’t realize I was having 😅).

      Also, if it either feels too long from an audience perspective or is too exhausting, you might be able to either find a shorter version of the music (I want to say there are shorter instrumental versions) or trim it (I’m a total hypocrite for suggesting a cut, because I hate doing it, but it’s a solid option if you do it well).

      One last challenge: “Music of the Night” is a well-known piece that already has a powerful “identity,” so you’ll find yourself having to decide whether to remain within the bounds of its canonical identity (in which case the completed version with lyrics night be a good call) or to take it in a new direction (in which case an instrumental version might make it easier for the audience to decouple their brains from Phantom).

      Merde, and let me know how it goes! And if you do I would 100% love to see your work, in progress or otherwise!

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