Today was a lighter show day - only 5 shows instead of 7. We are very much appreciating the break, and took advantage of the shorter work day to have an epic shopping trip (hot plate! yes! no more microwaved fish!) and to go see a delightful magic show (fire illusionist FTW). Also I got a wonderful massage, wherein they shiatsu-ed the tightness away and then encased my legs in the fabulous Leg Massage Machine, which squeezed and squeezed and squeezed until I was in absolute heaven. These cobblestone streets do take their toll on the ol' feet.
Tomorrow we will (hopefully) get our loaner bikes, which will give us a bit more freedom to explore. We've got a heavier show schedule for the weekend but then it lightens up again for the weekdays, and we'll also start getting to take days off fairly soon. I think we're all a bit wiped out and in need of a rest, but our show keeps getting better and better.
It's an interesting phenomenon.. as our show gets tighter, we seem to get more dissatisfied with it. New interactions emerge, we get more laughs and more applause, and we really start to notice all the bits that don't work as well as they could. We'll absolutely ROCK a piece of one show, and if it's back to "normal" at the next show we feel like failures.
We're also feeling the effects of oh-so-many shows and starting to get a lot of singed hair and mini burns, especially on our hands. When the weather is really cold outside, that also takes its toll. I'm impressed with everyone's resilience and grateful that our bodies work so very well -- in spite of minor things like burns and illness and below-freezing weather we are still jumping around, doing acrobatics and playing with fire. My troupe members RULE!
This first week is the most demanding of the whole run. Soon we'll settle into a comfortable routine and have a little time to relax, enjoy, and explore. For now it's all about getting through the weekend.. and I have absolute faith that we're gonna rock it.
January 3, 2013