Let me tell you about one of my favorite constant companions. No, I’m not talking about my blood sugar meter or my tendonitis…..again.
I’m talking about my sketch book- I adore dragging it around with me and if I have a moment in the day, stopping to ‘people-watch’ or just notice something interesting or beautiful and try to put it on the page, even if that something is merely imagined in the deep cavern that is my lack-of-brain.
And of course, my most favorite offensive thing to draw is little caricatures of dancers. I started doing this in college and drew quite accurate doodles of my -senior class- appropriate stink lines and terrible turn-out or amazing flexibility-coupled-with-a-sourpuss face (Emily!)- and all. Then I drew all of my college professors…faces on animal bodies. Then I gave these doodles at the end of the year to a dear teacher….that I turned into a sloth.
This year, I bring you the company members of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. I did not include trainees or apprentices….but I did include our mascot and Artistic Director’s dog, Toby. Priorities.
Here they are with their own constant companions and identifiable characteristics. Mariko has the perfect turn-out, orange leotard that no one else could pull off, and pendant necklace, Kristen is the hot yogi with a softball and a nose piercing. Tara has the cool eleve leotard, the feet, and Estevan who has a paper airplane. Mary has a bandana, a cup of coffee (sorry that it looks vaguely like a beer stein), and is mid- beautiful petit allegro. Pam has the calf warmers, is stretching her achilles, and has the most beautiful back and arms (sorry, I messed up your head shape and therefore face- I was trying to show off your aforementioned characteristics). Hannah has the awesome Yumiko leotard and the big sweet smile. I am on the end with (there it is) the blood sugar meter, the sparkly shorts, and the bumblebee leg warmers.
We are such different creatures; in costume, in character, in body type, and I bet no one else wastes time quite like I do. But I adore these women and everything they bring to the party. I’m so happy to be a part of this tribe, in doodles and dreams, on the page and most especially, on the stage.