“When the walls are plastered with headline disasters. Talking heads and newscasters predicting more rain, don’t go insane. Put some chocolate in your cup; take a sip from downside up. Tarentella with a broom. While you sing a little tune, sweep away the gloom. Sour can’t, sweet can. Sweet Can.”
– The Levins
We are in Arcata, CA having passed over the tops of trees to get to a shore where we are free to clown around. Julia and I are collaborating with our friends, the innovative and heart-lifting clown couple Coventry-Kaluza and two other astounding members of Sweet Can Productions, Zoe (Love Incarnate) Klein and Jeremy (Chair Master) Vik. Together we are presenting a show called Barely Contained. That is just how I feel.
Jaime Coventry, a Scottish gentle giant, as open as the horizon, said in this business the ‘name of the game’ is usually to have one routine or act and keep doing it, perfecting it over and over. His wife and partner, Natasha Kaluza, a whirlwind force of hula-hooping comedic universal healing, and Jaime do have sigature routines that they continue to refine but they love to keep the gates of creativity open wide. A pair of magic mills that churn out wonder.
Being with this troupe feels like being with super heroes. They expand what is possible. There is an open invitation to play outside the fence of restricted convention. Even riding in an elevator where you feel that you are expected to observe the ackward silence, an extended foot may rise up in slow motion, inviting you to suspend the gravity of the moment.
After working for a good eight hours, setting up the technical aspects of the show, we were all exhausted. This stripped away a layer of glamour from the notion of running away with the circus but not our awe. There is so much love and dedication that goes into circus craft. It is a continuous refinement of body strength, cordination, flexibility, imagination, timing, skill as well as mental and soul endurence. All to bring each new audience a heightened sense of life. Life as it can be, filled with joy, beauty and a dancing balance where everyone works together to kaliedescope hope into centered well-being.
This is like being a part of a real medicine show without the hokum. It’s the World Fair compressed into a temporal jem. We have already performed twice for local schools. We are going into our third preview this morning and our first public show is tonight. I will project you into the front row so you can be here to see it.
May the love that you put into your day be a marvel that causes a passerby to loose and find their breath.