Parks transform into public barbecues, jugglers and slack liners are everywhere.
My life here in Berlin goes well. Working in the circus every morning, training acrobatics every afternoon, juggling every night, that is pretty much how things go.
This work week was quite difficult: 65 kids which is double the usual, age 11 – 13. They told us they had some kind of learning disabilities but it was actually mostly complicated behaviour dysfunction I don’t know how to call it.
I was responsible for 6 girls and one guy who I had to teach walking on the tight wire and making an act with them. For three of them it was impossible to be silent and listen to me or do what I say, one of them was addicted to trying to walk alone when I would not watch and then fall badly, three of them were ill during some days of the week which made it harder to make an act, one of them decided 5 minutes before the show started that he did not want to perform and one of them never talked. Oh and none of them had a reliable memory.
Luckily the kids were wonderful, loved me, laughed and danced with me (the whole class loves this annoying ‘Nossa Nossa’ song which we used for our act and finale of the show) and I got a handwritten letter of thanks from one of the girls!
Amazing, but it takes all your energy.
Luckily it is vacation now. Continue reading »