There’s nothing quite like a little glitz, glitter and yellow and gold glamour on a Friday afternoon to duck dive into the weekend! This afternoon fellow dancer Kat Grange and myself had the pleasure of meeting interviewer from The Wellingtonian, Amy Jackman, for a newspaper interview and photo. Posing in the incredible new Peter and the Wolf outfits. Kat as the Cat (looking like a super hero, Cat Woman goes ballet) and myself as the all that glitters Duck (rubber Ducky has come to life)! What an entertaining afternoon it created.
Sitting in The Jimmy cafe for our interview, questions and answers gathering over pots of tea, I found myself becoming distracted. What was Amy writing on her note pad? It looked like odd, hieroglyphic symbols from another world. I figured she was trying to write our answers quickly and had, therefore, developed shorthand symbols of her own. This woman is amazing, I thought. Upon asking I discovered that shorthand is something all journalists are taught and is just second nature. I realized that dance is the same. To Amy, the very specific mime gestures we use in dance are a completely foreign concept. To me, however, they make total sense and can be read easily, just as Amy reads her shorthand. Ballet mime is simply another language to be learnt. Here’s where a photo series could be a lot of fun! What do you think? A series of pictures detailing ballet gestures and what they mean.
I look forward to blogging again soon! Tonia 🙂