Over the weekend I had a dance performance at my studio. It was a hippy pagan fertility love fest celebrating the birth of spring set to the music of Led Zeppelin. Yeah I know. Kind of the best idea I ever had.
Even though we had made the show 18+ because there was nudity, I thought this was something The Munch had so see. I want to share art with The Munch because I feel like learning to appreciate the idea of someone pouring their hearts out for you to observe is an important practice. Going to performances and participating in that energetic exchange are meaningful life experiences. I feel like the earlier she gets exposed to creativity, the more likely she will honor and want to partake in the artistic process. I am not saying I need The Munch to be an esoteric abstract artist who uses bat wings to paint herself in sparrow blood while chanting Rumi backwards to the sounds of humpback whales humping as an expression against materialism – but I want her to at least be able to appreciate those who do.
I also thought it would be cool for The Munch to see my performance so it could contextualize why I spend all this time dancing. I was a little nervous about how she would behave, so I thought I would explain to her what was going on before hand just to make sure we were on the same page.
Toni: “Okay Munch, so tonight not only are you going to watch all of Mamma’s friends dance, but you are going to watch Mamma dance too.”
Munch: “I wanna dance with you!”
Toni: “Okay! You can! But today you have to watch Mamma dance and clap for her okay?”
Munch: “And then when you are done I am going to dance and you clap for me.”
Toni: “That sounds really fair.”
As I was waiting to go on back stage, the announcer of the show was saying our names and our bios before each performance. Now, when my partner Cyndal had emailed the other dancer and me asking for our information for the show, I had assumed Cyndal knew my bio and didn’t really need one from me. So as a JOKE I said “oh and my bio is Toni Nagy once went on a plane and farted really loud.” You know TO MAKE HER LAUGH. As I was waiting in the wings to go on stage I hear “blah blah blah Erink Lovett Sherman yadda yadda director of Arts Fest… and Toni Nagy, who once went on a plane and farted really loud.”
Toni: “Cyndal!! I was fucking joking about that!!!”
Cyndal: “Ohhhhhhh it totally seemed like something you would say!”
When I went on stage I couldn’t stop giggling thinking how the audience must be wondering if I would once again would fart really loud, and if they would be able to hear it over the song.
After my dance I went to sit with Munch for the last performance. My friend Elise was doing a piece to “In the Light.” She came out draped in brown robes like a monk and honored the four corners north, south, east and west, with candles. Then she disrobed and entered into a kiddie pool full of mud. While Elise danced naked in the soil, the audience was invited to embed these seeds with hopes, dreams, wishes and love for mother earth and themselves, then blow the seeds onto Elise and into the pool. I thought this was a really beautiful concept and The Munch and I sent up together to blow our seeds in.
Munch: “Mamma, she is getting all dirty.”
Toni: “Yeah, you are right.”
Munch: “Her hair is getting dirty.”
Toni: “It is.”
Munch: “Is she going to wash it in the shower later?”
Toni: “Yes Munch I am sure she is.”
Munch: “But we don’t get to watch her get clean in the shower. We only get to watch her get dirty.”
After the performances we had a dance party and of course The Munch didn’t want to leave because it was her turn to dance and my turn to clap for her.