Last week I did something I haven't done since the Fall of 2010 - I sat on the Production side of the stage for tech week. One of my schools that I bring classes into recruited me to fix, finish and clean the choreography for their production of MY SON PINOCCHIO, JR. The original choreographer lives in Chicago and set most of the choreo in two days, meaning they needed someone on hand to finish and fix it all. And there was a LOT of fixing to be done.
You see, just a few years back I was a maniac bouncing from project to project, and I went through MASSIVE burnout. I took a break, got married, and then we made the surprise move to Wyoming. Even though I had been teaching and performing since then, I had yet to end my direction/choreography hiatus.
It was interesting how, after taking a 3 1/2 year break, that I looked at the stressors differently. It's like I could see what would be stressful and why, and managed to avoid owning any of that personally. I used to dive in and take everything on my own shoulders. Not healthy. But it was kind of fun, and exactly the right situation for me to ease myself back in.
Not that I'm taking on a direction or choreography contract any time soon.
It's nice to know that I did indeed miss it, though. And great to remember that I was indeed GOOD at it.
So, thanks for getting gulped down by that big whale, Pinocchio. It was fun to put on my old, worn out choreographer hat again for a little bit.