Since starting this contract, things have been very stressful and very busy. Two fellow artists (of an original 5!) were fired the day before the premiere, and a technician who we suspected of sabotaging the other artists’ reputations was supposed to come on as a substitute. However, at the last minute she did not take the job leaving us to cover the show load at three, which nearly killed us. We’re trying to get the other two artists rehired, though one of them might not be available any longer.
The show itself is very fun, however, and being back in japan is something I have been dreaming of for the last 12 years! I feel very much at home here, and very peaceful. As if I am in my own skin. I still do miss the more European style of life that I have grown accustomed to over the last four years, but the staff is European, so when i need a good fix of coffee, crepes, or a night of chatting about life, I can always find a way.
It is weird, having lived in the US, European, and Japanese lifestyles so long, I really feel like I am missing something no matter which I am living in currently. The positive side is that I feel at home with people from all over the world and that I almost always have something in common with anyone I meet, and in this business, you meet a lot of people. In this project alone, I think I have met 50 people over the last months.
One of the best things I have been able to do in Japan has been to meet up with the Senseis, family friends from my childhood. They showed The Contortionist and myself around Tokyo over the course of a week, and reminded me of how wonderful they were to me and my family as a child. I hope to make it back up to Tokyo to see them again, and also to invite them to Nagoya to enjoy the Expo.