An Italian woman named Valeria just wrote me back in response to an email I wrote three years ago when we were trying to set up our 2003 summer tour. She wanted more information. Evidently, three years after the fact, her director found our email and was interested in the possibility of collaborating.
Without telling her explicitly that the company had completely exploded, decimated by Cirque du Soleil productions, I told her that thanks in part to our successful collaborations, we had evolved a lot over the last few years – three of us working for Soleil and me working as an artistic director in Asia, specifically in Taiwan. Since we didn’t want to lose what we had created, I’m working to keep some continuity until the four of us might be able to work together again. In a sense, the company is currently an engine of creation, able to work with many different artist types for short- or long-term productions, especially smaller productions with 4-7 artists mixing dance, circus, and theatre. I also highlighted the network of partners and promoters that we are building in Canada, China, Japan, and Taiwan and the show that we’re creating for the festival. Of course, I can always send her the materials about our original show, but that it might make more sense to wait until I can send her the materials for the new one.
I made me think of The Clown. His Cirque du Soleil show is opening soon; I am excited to read about how well he does in it; I know he’s going to be a hit. Not the show, necessarily, but at least him. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had as much fun as the two of us had in 2003 with The Artist and The Tumbler in Barcelona and all the other crazy times. He’s not going to stay with Cirque forever and I guess I’ll be finishing up this Asia thing in the next couple of years, too…
We really need to hit the road old-school style again. Just him and me and a guitar, three hats, some good fun, and the goddamn public. That is what this shit is all about, no? That and the cocktails after that!!!!