Sunday, July 08, 2007
Lots of small-scale productions
It's been a real juggle - lots of things going on, lots of new things waiting for a bit of attention so they can start to gestate.
Mostly I'm grateful for working with amazing people. I don't know if I should admit how scary it can be working on Jacob Zimmer's stuff, because of the process of finding the work. It is truly a collective creation, with careful sculpting by Jacob (and all others involved) - but a week away from opening, we are still creating and finding things. You would think it would get easier as we do more of these pieces - the process becomes familiar, in some way, and the aesthetic of this project (which will involve a series of 7 pieces, ultimately) is taking form. But I feel like it gets more nerve wracking, in some ways. Perhaps for me it was because I had so little time to be in the room workshopping with everyone, so I never saw the whole of it until a couple of days before opening.
Anyway, the piece is up in the MaRS building at University and College, as part of the Fringe, and seems to have found itself in very good health. It's called "I Keep Dropping Sh*t"
I also worked on a wacky thing with Lisa - a friend from Jumblies - called "A Tale of a T-shirt" , also at the fringe.
Now: gearing up to do the lights at Factory for Summerworks, and workshopping a very special piece called "Bird's Eye View", also in Summerworks.
blah blah work.
Bea's back!! She was in Colombia to care for her Mother, and work out some theatre connections with the fabulous Corporation de Teatro in Bogota. Lots of ideas and thoughts are flooding out of her this morning. It's inspiring - but after the torrent of thoughts and words, she passed out. Poor thing - the flight back is an overnighter, and it was packed.
Apparently the Colombian economy is very strong right now - Bea found it quite pricey, compared to previous visits, and the exchange has gotten much worse. The Canadian dollar is undervalued in Colombia right now - relative to the US, we're still low. I'm sure there's a way to play that to advantage, but the ultimate effect is that Colombia is not as cheap a it once was.
Makes me wonder when a country stops "developing" and becomes "developed?" When North American and European businesses have to treat the locals (and their currency) with respect?