1. Everything in it is absolutely true. Rose is a real person, and I used to get the stuffing beat out of me. Several of the people on stage are the ones playing the taiko music featured in the piece.
2. The first time we did the show was the first time we did the show. Thus giving you the freshest theater experience possible.
3. Our first weekend of performances was missing a huge component: a live martial arts demonstration. I called 8 different martial arts studios located in downtown Orlando. Only 3 ever returned my phone calls. One wanted $1000 for an appearance. I’m still negotiating with the other two… fingers crossed for next weekend!
4. Two of the participants have actual martial arts experience. One of them is 6 years old.
5. Blessings was intended to be a dance-based performance piece. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know that, uh, it’s not. Watch this space for more explanation on that.
I guarantee that having this information ahead of time will help make the show way more interesting and relevant.
Blessings is a study of personal growth through physical growth. How do we determine what strength is? What does it mean for women to be strong, powerful or fierce? Does it involve big muscles, business suits, high heels, lipstick? Why is it that “girl power” has to be a catchphrase, and that it’s got to be sassy?
I don’t know the answers to any of those questions. I just know that when I was in my early 20s, I took up karate. First it made me stronger –physically–and eventually I realized it made me stronger in every other way. I know people, lots of them women, who have had the same experience in some other outlet: dance, yoga, music, swimming, boxing, running, Pilates, even having a baby.
Sat. 5/19- 3:00pm
Sun. 5/20- 1:15pm
Sat. 5/26- 11:30am
Sun. 5/27- 8:00pm