Friday, November 20, 2009

The Time has Come


Nutcracker performance week is upon us. Skoshi A has several rehearsals in the coming days before the first performance on Tuesday night. I'm going to be busy chauffeuring her to and from rehearsals, chaperoning at the Kennedy Center, and making tasty food for Thanksgiving, so I may not be posting much in the coming days.

I'm incredibly excited to chaperone this year, as this means I will definitely get photos of her in her gorgeous, handmade, soldiers costume. I'll be posting those along with any interesting happenings before the experience is finished.

Merde*, Skoshi A! We're so proud of you!

*In the theater and dance worlds one would never wish a performer "good luck", as it is considered bad luck. Obviously, one would not wish a dancer to "break a leg," either. Dancers wish each other "merde", a French word for "dung".

Prior to the invention of the automobile, Parisian streets were filled with horse drawn carriages and therefore filled with a good deal of horse doo-doo. Pedestrians needed to step gingerly and would caution each other to "not step in the merde". For evening performances it was considered to be a good thing to have masses of merde outside the theater as that meant an abundance of audience in attendance for a performance. Dancers began wishing each other "merde" before going onstage as a way of saying, "Watch your step."
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1 comment:

Walter said...

Hey Mau,

Congratulations to Angelina the Ballerina on her great performance...premauture yes but we all know she has mad skills. My shout out to her is "Break a Merde Kid!" This is coming from an uncle who is full of merde. I can't wait to see the soldier pics and hear of the exhausting but fun week you all are going to have. Of course there is extreme sadness in the Maxwell camp as we see another year of not being able to spend Thanksgiving week at the Mayerle's. Luckily you showed me love and mercy by providing me with your dressing recipe...mmmmmm BACON! MERDE to you all!!!!

Love ya Mau!

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