Love to watch Katelyn practice.
dominic-walsh: Dominic’s Thoughts.
Usually on Wednesdays I’ll blog about a choreographer I admire, but today is the birthday of Marie-Agnes Gillot. She is an Etoilé with the Paris Opera Ballet, and was one of the only dancers there to be promoted to Etoilé with a contemporary ballet. She was dancing Signes by Carolyn Carlson when the announcement was made. I fell in love with her while watching a video of her dancing works by Mats Ek, then I saw her in the classics and was equally impressed. I asked her if I could create Firebird for her and Domenico Luciano and she agreed. We premiered it here in Houston October of 2009. We all worked hard and laughed a lot, it was wonderful. She then performed my Dying Swan in Japan in 2010 and continues to be a dear friend.
I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.
There are many videos of her on YouTube in a variety of roles. Check her out!
I’ve become a parent to adult children. That almost doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s my new role. I really feel like I’m in a work-study program—not unlike the experience of becoming a parent for the first time. This new role is just as mysterious to me. Every conversation, every visit, and almost every interaction with my adult children is a learning experience for each of us. While I’m learning to move out of the ‘parenting’ role and just be more supportive they’re working to maintain their new independence, but still be part of a family unit.
My adult children are doing a much better job at adjusting to their new roles than I did at their age with my parents. I’m really proud of each of them. They are using skills picked up from all the adults that have been part of their life growing up. The real fun for me is watching them develop their own adult skills. I will always be ready to offer advice and give support when they ask for assistance, sometimes even when they don’t ask. My strongest desire is for them to feel our love and to know they are always welcome home. Just to visit of course.