By the end of 2014, I was suffering from information overload. I was in Europe for 55 days and I came home to The Imaginarium and caught as many shows as I could, some days I caught two or three shows, and I had to process all of these as quickly as I could and by the time November came, I was all worn out.
I called it culture shocked. I just had so much coming in at the time, both artistically and personally as well, that I almost sort of froze. It was hard to write and to work and I had to produce for two projects that came suddenly at the 11th hour. It was intense.
I’d like to think that I’m okay now and I’ve come to a neutral state and as 2015 has begun, the shows to catch have started to pop up and I’m excited to see a large number of productions that will be staged at the first quarter of the year.
Of course, I’m excited for all the shows of Daloy Dance Company as they’ve become a safe haven for my artistic pursuits. I’ve come to really enjoy my dance class and the work they do on stage is far beyond what I get from So You Think You Can Dance, which I’ve come to realise is really a commercialised condensation of the art form. What they do in So You Think You Can Dance is just a tiny fraction of the full range and breadth of contemporary dance and the fact that Daloy will be performing two shows twin-billed shows is so exciting for me because I’ll be growing as a person who appreciates dance and dance theater.
Then there’s the re-staging of The Pillowman and Boy in the Bathroom from The Sandbox Collective, which I got to see as a work-in-progress at The Imaginarium and both shows were absolutely terrific and I can’t wait to see how it has evolved and grown for their re-staging at Fringe Manila this coming February.
There’s a whole lot more coming up, including Red Turnip Theater’s second season ender Time Stands Still, which I think will be fantastic if it continues in the same vein as the rest of Red Turnip’s productions over the course of the last year.
There’s a whole lot of things for me to see and I feel better prepared to experience all of this without burning out in the process. I don’t want to be that guy who goes to all these shows and starts becoming cynical and jaded because he starts comparing one show to the other and not taking each show on their own terms. That kind of burn out can happen and I don’t want that to happen to me.
So, take a look at my article to see ten shows that I really want to catch at the start of this year.