There were many things to love about the world of Totem today.
It was Luggage Day. This is the day when artists, family members, technicians, kitchen and office staff find ourselves on common ground, hauling Too Many Heavy Suitcases through hallways and elevators and onto curbs. Swearing that next time we will pack less, and pack earlier, and pack more efficiently.
I admired the Luggage Bus system today ... a full-sized tour bus, which normally just shuttles us back and forth to the site, was also used to haul everyone's stuff. And each time the bus stopped to pick up more passengers, all the big strong guys already seated on the bus (acrobats, riggers, etc.) would scuttle off the bus to help the new people load their things. It had a great esprit de corps.
That multilingualism is carrying over more and more into their play times and class times. As Baz & Ayla's French improves, and some of the younger children are being taught entirely in French, the school is beginning to flow in a more bilingual way - the kids are all able to respond to instructions in both French and English, and it begins to not matter which language is spoken.
I was so impressed with Baz & Ayla's memorized lines! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished version of this play in a few weeks. It is a Native American storyline, including a creation fable, and authentic music and dance. (It's convenient to be able to ask our Hoop Dancers for pointers). They rehearse in the Tapis Rouge tent, which makes for a nice setting.
And by the way, in case of emergency....