Well it was an interesting month! I had to go for a Sigmatoscopy some of my all readers will know what this process is!, It basically involves a consultant using a long flexible tube with a camera and in order to facilitate that they insert it up your rear entrance and pump you full of gas. Now you can choose to have sedation which makes the discomfort a little less unpleasant or in my case, you don’t and indeed it was rather uncomfortable. It was rather fascinating because I could see the entire process on a large TV screen at the side of the bed in the operating theatre in full HD colour! The anaesthetist, has to be present just in case, was sitting at the side of the bed talking to me about dance classes of all things while the examination was going on. Thankfully it wasn’t too long, the ordeal not the flexible tube (well I don’t know actually!) and I was able to get back to the waiting area.
I was told it was very important to get rid of the excess gas which was a rather hilarious process. Indeed, I thought I had got rid of it all and on the way home I suddenly remembered I needed to get a few things from the supermarket and I walked in the front entrance my I caught the pile of compost sitting here so I decided to take two small ones and put in my trolley. Unfortunately, as I bent over to pick them up there must have been a large bubble of gas lurking which decided to escape suddenly and rather dramatically! Unfortunately, at the same time this elderly lady was pushing a trolley behind me in order to get into the shop. All I can say is that every time I went past her in one of the aisles she gave me a very odd look. I mean you can only apologise a certain number of times, do you?
I got roped into going on the LGBT Carnival float which consisted of one old dance teacher hanging on the back of a small flat back truck covered in rainbow flags But hey it was great fun and I enjoyed it and the weather was nice which was a bonus. I even got a little bit sunburnt which with the current weather we are having would be well-nigh impossible but hey it was great fun and I enjoyed it and the weather was nice which was a bonus. A lot of my little pupils thought it was hilarious to throw coins at me too!!
The TV series “Shetland” is going to start filming a new series soon so there will be the chance of some more extra work hopefully coming along, that is if I have time to fit it in with everything else. Our Ballet School has been asked to put on a performance of 20 minutes, right in the middle of the school holidays, which is always a little inconvenient because it takes a lot of work organising something but, I think I have cracked it this time and in a remarkably short period of time have found something to put together which will not take too much rehearsal time with a very small group of the older pupils. I will also get to work with two of my older pupils every Saturday in July as they are going to be away for a lot of October and the first two weeks of November as they regularly go to Tanzania with their parents on holiday. Their dad is from Tanzania and they are too tall strong and physically beautiful young ladies, and great little characters too so it’s always a joy to work with him on a dance piece.
I’m looking at doing a piece based on “Pictures At An Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. One idea I have is for the dancers to be frozen in a group within a frame and to come to life. An artist will be the central character moving from picture to picture and being part of the group. I will have a Russian type Dacha (hut) on Chicken legs which the audience won’t know about until it rises up and starts moving around the stage! Skeletons coming out of a coffin, Gnomes!! Any thoughts, ideas? My Dad thought the skeleton and gnomes would be too depressing! So as a compromise I’ll have a Santa burst through one of the pictures at the end and throw sweeties at the audience!!! Can’t use well-known cartoon stuff because of the heavy copyright in place and it is also a bit boring to regurgitate Disney and other stuff over and over again. The whole thing using Mussorgsky’s music is that he wrote the Suite for his friends exhibition of pictures so I thought it would be a bit of fun to and it gives you much more artistic license!