In-depth #7: On the night of the night

Hello everyone! In-depth night seems to just be just around the corner! On the night of in-depth, I will be doing a stage performance. My dance is 3 min almost exactly not including getting on and off stage. The wall on the stage will hopefully be open as well with the curtains with the black curtain pulled in front of the props. I will be playing music off my I pod hopefully through the stage speakers but if not, I have speakers of my own. I need someone to start my music, but I have already got Joanna to help me with that. As for the rest of the night, I was planning on walking around, helping with technology, assisting other learning centers if anyone needs help, visiting learning centers, and making myself available to talk to. I plan on spending the night in my costume, but may end up changing sometime during the night based on the weather. Right now, my costume is either one of Emma’s old dresses that is brown and black, or jean shorts, a black sports bra and a gold shrug top from an old costume of mine. There is a chance I will be using baby powder to help me turn during my dance. If so, I will be wiping it off the stage after stage performances have ended.

 

I can’t wait for In-depth night, I think it is going to be amazing!

Charlotte Corday: I killed one man to save 100,000

Well, what an eventful end to my time in this revolution. Jean-Paul was threatening the republic too much. He needed to be dealt with. So I decided that what goes around, comes around. He stabbed us all in the back so I stabbed him in the back on July 13, 1793. Originally I planned on making a public spectacle, however his skin condition caused me to reorganize. I leave you with my Addresse aux Français amis des lois et de la paix further explaining my motives. Let me tell you this though. I killed Marat under the belief that his death will stop the violence that is happening in France and it will prevent the risk of an all-out civil war. My only regret is that my plan did not allow me to see whether or not my sacrifice was in vain. I was executed in the guillotine four days later. They gave me a trial where I explained that I killed Marat in order to save the 100 000 that I believed would one day die at his hand. Hopefully, when this revolution has died down and authority has stopped being challenged, France will come out strong with a Republic and no mass murderers in charge. I wish that I will not be forgotten after my sacrifice and though I did not mind dying for the good of the people, I hope that I will not go without recognition.

 

Charlotte Corday: The Locked Chest Mishap

December 30, 1792

So I realize that a locked chest has been found. I also can see that these letters could be very incriminating. However, let us just take a minute and think this over. As much good as it may do to kill the king, we must make sure we go through proper procedures and don’t miss any information because of a horrible investigation. For all we know, these letter may be the product of a friendly role play. And is there any proof that King Louis was replying. He could be completely against what the Austrians are suggesting. Once someone goes to the guillotine, there is no bringing them back. We must also consider what may happen after the king is killed. For example, harming Louis may anger the surrounding countries and we could have a large war on our hands. As a Girondist, I suggest that we find a happy medium  on these constitutional issues. The King does not need to be harmed, but merely have all his power removed. There has been so much killing already, with the September Massacres just three months ago, will killing King Louis really reduce the amount of death that will be in the future.

We, the people of France, need to start thinking rationally and put this revolution on pause. We are moving to quickly ahead, making radical decisions and thinking that it’s easier to just kill everyone, without thinking of the consequences. Many lives can, and will, be saved if we just take the time to take a step back and look at what we are doing. We must start looking at where we are headed and see if it we should really, truly listen to the violent suggestions of people like Marat and Robespierre.

Indepth #6: Finally done the dance!

Well hello everyone! I am so happy because my dance is finally done! Well, it still needs a few tweeks but nothing that will take too long. I’ve also started to think about costumes, hair and makeup. I’m going to have my hair down and poofed I think with kind of a neutral face for makeup. For my costume, I’m hoping to borrow from someone so I don’t have to go out and buy anything. (Costumes are crazy expensive.) I’m hoping to have a brownish-gray costume, very neutral earthy tones… But no green…

In other news, competition season has started!!! One of my favourite things about competition is that I am able to sit and watch all the different dances. At a competition, one is exposed to so many different styles because of all the different genres and all the different characters. The costumes are also fun to see!

My contemporary group "Connected" after we placed first
My contemporary group “Connected” after we placed first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lindsay and I after my solo
Ms. Lindsay and I after my solo

 

 

 

It’s also really nice when Ms. Lindsay’s at the competitions. It was great because she was actually backstage with me the first time I competed my modern solo this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly at this past competition, one of our dancers became really sick and was unable to perform. We found this out the day before we were supposed to compete. Our ballet dance was really reliant on partners and we didn’t know what we were going to do. Ms. Lindsay, being amazing, agreed to fill her spot. After about 34 hour, Ms. Lindsay had learned the 5 minute dance and performed with us on stage. She did amazing and we actually qualified for a high score round called “Peak Challenge”. Though we didn’t end up placing, it was an amazing experience that I loved sharing with my mentor.

Ms. Lindsay and I after my ballet "Conflicts of War"
Ms. Lindsay and I after my ballet “Conflicts of War”
Ms. Lindsay and I after my ballet "Conflicts of War"
Ms. Lindsay and I after my ballet “Conflicts of War”

 

That’s all for now, I love how well everyone’s projects are turning out and I’m excited for the final products to all be seen!

 

Little quick end note: Ms. Lindsay can come to Indepth night! I can’t wait!

 

Charlotte Corday: Conflicted Opinion

Hello everyone. It is the month of May of 1789 and the Revolution has reached the ears of us out in Caen. Some people of the rebellion have even set up a base here. I can’t tell how I feel about this rebellion. As much as I agree with what is being done and happening, the architectural work on the Abbaye-aux-Dames is slowing and my convent is being suppressed. I think this revolution may work. I feel that the King will be overthrown and that much more power will be given to the Third Estate than it had a year ago. That will be good, will it not? The King does not know how to handle his money. There are people starving and the price of bread just keeps going up, but that does not seem to effect King Louis. If the King were to lose power though, it does not guarantee that our issues will be solved but it is more likely that they will because we can see the other side of the fence.

 

Unfortunately, I don’t do anything big until I kill Marat and am not mentioned in the primary documents prior to the assassination.

Indepth #5

Hello everyone! Sadly I haven’t been able to meet with my mentor much because of competitions and hikes, however just this Wednesday, I was practicing and my ballet teacher was popping in and out, observing and correcting me. Though this is not a ballet dance, it was great to get some advice on my technique. Though it’s getting really busy, I’m trying to get in more times with Ms. Lindsay. When we meet up, we often talk about how to improve the jumps and turns that I’ve been working into the dance. We talk about common corrections that I get in my other dances and where they show up in mine as well. It’s great that Ms. Lindsay can really read where I’m at with my dancing. She can tell when it’s the choreography that I’m having problems with and when it’s just me having an off day. It’s nice that in these practices, Ms. Lindsay is starting to learn my personal style and not just how other people’s styles look on me. I also love that I’m learning a lot more about her past dance life, stuff that I don’t often learn from my dance teachers.

I’m really happy because the first draft of the whole dance is done and all that’s left is the tweeking, adjusting and the cleaning.

That’s all for now! Bye!