Thursday, 16 December 2010

'Don't Let the World Go By'

On the 10th of December I performed my first public aerial rope, whilst Matt Sage (founder of Catweazle Club) and his band played 'Don't let the world go by'.
Matt seems to be a gatekeeper to the stage for many people in Oxford and beyond.

Unfortunately there was no footage taken, which is a shame, as, after viewing the video in my last blog, I practised rather a lot and think I made a fair bit of progress...The performance felt much tighter, more fluid, and most importantly, very enjoyable.

I'm looking forward to doing more performances - ! - and am now full of ideas for new routines, costumes, music, lighting...A significant personal victory considering a lifetime spent feeling very hindered by severe stagefright.
There is always the possiblity of slaying demons, even ones which seem insurmountably strong.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Oxford Bookbinders

My prayers have been answered! I have found a space in Oxford where I can rig the rope I've burrowed from my teacher. It is called The Old Bookbinders, just off the cowley road, and is currently inhabited by Inevents.

Initially I thought the height was going to render it far from ideal, but the lowness of the beams have two advantages; firstly, that I can train alone(ish) without too much fear for my safety, and secondly, that it means I have to think creatively about routines, moves, etc. This creative need has meant that I discovered a new move - new to me at least - which you can see in my training video at about 2.43... 

There is also the possibility of a gig, space logistics allowing. Even if it does not come to pass this time, I am pleased by how my excitement has outweighed my nervousness. Aerial has been quite a solitary thing for me, but I find I am increasingly eager to share it.
The rest of the week has been dominated by essay writing and Christmas present drawing. I am very pleased with the results of both and so am feeling in an all round triumphant mood, however small (or low) the triumphs.