Today it was back to the Cirque tent for more adventures. First, Greg took us around the Artistic Tent a bit, showing the kids his puppet in the wardrobe area. In the photo, Greg is using the real puppet, while Baz has the prototype original that Greg used to work with.
Various acts were training on stage during the afternoon, so we got to sit in on a few rehearsals. All of the artists have different needs during their training times. The perch pole act is training a new porter for one of their big tricks. The unicycle girls seem to be just drilling and drilling. Greg is trying out new patterns with glowballs, and continually training Dmitry as his understudy.
Here's a photo I took of Dmitry working in the cone, with Greg and the kids perched nearby, watching. Dmitry is having very successful runs with the routine at this point. There are no immediate plans to have him fill in, but a costume is being made for him, so he will be ready if needed, probably in a couple of months.
After hanging around the tent for a while, I headed off to Body Balancing class. The front-of-house manager offered this free fitness class for anyone who wanted to take it. It was mostly administrative and front-of-house staff, and we had a great time, hopefully it will continue again next week.
Speaking of fitness, I took a yoga class this week at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal. It's been probably five years since my last yoga class, and whoa am I out of shape! (full disclosure - I was probably never really in good yoga shape). I thought I was going to die about 5 minutes into the class. So I'm proud of just surviving that one, and I am sore! ...of course I'll be going back next week.