Thursday, December 9, 2010
Pilates is for beasts ... and a little ramble about connectedness.
Oh. My. God.
So I got invited to a pro-class in Santa Monica by Libby Bideau of Libby Pilates. The class was held at Winston Pilates on Ocean, literally across from the ocean. In this beautiful location, a lovely instructor named Brianna led Veronica, Libby and me through the HARDEST class I have ever taken. And since I cannot or will not let myself "fail" (read competitive to a fault) I tried every single tricked-out advanced move she threw at me. First of all, Libby is a beast. With a probably broken foot ("Oh, I dropped half a Reformer on it") and a messed up neck, she whipped through every single amazing piece of choreography.
Brianna "retrograded" our class which means that we did the class in reverse, saving footwork and hundreds to the end, when we were (I was) a shaking mess of muscle and bone.
It was awesome. It reminded me where I came from, movement-wise, and where I can still go. It reminded me of how hard I have worked to synchronize mind to body to be able to execute complex moves at will.
It also made me think of connectedness. Especially because my entire day was a sweet montage of it.
It started with a visit to the Burbank Senior Artists Colony to see the seniors and students I had worked with in October. It was fantastic to observe how close they have all become. We sang holiday songs together plus sang Happy Birthday to the now 17 year-old George.
Next, I went to Pilates. I met Libby via email, through Tracy Conner, who was in the True Body "Shoe" show AND who saw the piece the seniors and students created in Burbank AND who just happened to be on my plane on my way out to LA this trip. I met Tracy during CincyFringe 2009.
After Pilates, I drove through insane traffic for about a decade (two hours) to watch Sam Anderson's acting class at the Road, where my play was produced a year ago. It was Sam who introduced me to the folks at EngAGE who hired me to work with the Burbank seniors and students. In class, Albie (I met Albie through Sam and when we are in NY, we try to catch a play) and Mark worked on a scene from the new Neil LaBute play, starring David Duchovny. Duchovny is closely connected to my friend Nancy whom I lived with in the 80s. Nancy and I also lived with Nadine, who is off shooting a pilot, so she offered me her apartment and car in LA, which is exactly where I am, right this second, as I ponder whether or not to submit a play to CincyFringe 2011.
I could go on and on about how this entire trip has blurred past, present, and I hope, future.
Bell's Theorem, a quantum physics milestone, proves that once two objects are connected, they are always connected. And regardless of time and distance, these objects continue to influence each other.
Thanks to each and everyone of you who continue to influence me because we have had the good fortune of connecting in the past. I will do my very best to hold up my end of the quantum bargain and do whatever I can, whenever I can, to do good for you.
Posted by Stacy Sims at 11:41 AM