Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Janie: All in a day
As a non dancer I am looking in from the outside. (Remember me the accordian player from a long line of Italian musicians. )
It is game like, isn't it. I don't know why casting plays out as you describe, yet it seems to be common from what I hear in conversations with teachers who are frustrated, from dancers who feel uncertain and from parents who need to know.
One might imagine that higher ups would want you to be as prepared and ready to perform. Knowing your piece, responsibilities can create certainty and uplift a performance.
Understandably people's capabilities change and one can certainly change their mind, however, it may be a symptom of something else.
Everyone knows. I am sure the creative director and owners know of this confusion. (as they may have experienced it first hand). Yet it continues.
Of course it is difficult for your friend, especially when one holds the firm expectation of dancing THAT part. Given the common approach to role assignments, you may want to revisit how you emotionally move through casting. Flexible and looser?
If you were in her pointe shoes you would not see or feel about you as you believed she thought about you. (Huh?) In these touchy situations jump shoes and look from another's perspective it can help you 1. know how to respond. 2. get a clearer picture to stop the emotional rush, 3. resolve it.
Get used to these shuffles. You'll feel less stressed since it appears to be a part of the beasty side of dance.
The question might be: Who dareth to tell the artistic director to be more decisive?
P.S. THANK YOU anonymous! I love hearing from you! I really appreciate your feedback.