Page 10 Spring 1988
Long-Distance Routining Made Simple
Sandy Brown & Karen
offered a tour. You haven't got a partner. You find a partner.
she lives on a different continent. But you've never seen her perform.
But you have a hunch it will work!
following is an account of a collaboration by two people - Karen Quest
to the tour, I believed that it just doesn't pay to say "no"
to a potentially golden opportunity. Even one with snags. Post-tour, I
feel even more strongly about this. The process was acutely fulfilling.
wrote a one-hour show in spite of major obstacles and trepidation. With
only three weeks together, spanking-new material and a new partner,
there was simply no time to "lose it."
the winter - still apart - we systematically sent cassette tapes and
letters across the ocean covering our juggling and musical skills and
ideas for routines. This helped us create a sketchy outline. The
promotional poster was our first long-distance project. It went like
this: "Dear Karen, Help! We need a picture! Stand turned so you're
looking over your left shoulder at the camera. I'll stand looking over
my right. We'll be back to back. Wear black. Hold rings. Smile!"
two negatives were printed together. No one knew our secret, although I
grew to Amazon proportions in the enlarger.
arrived and I flew to
We made decisions quickly as we wrote the routine and stuck with them. It worked. Vacillation would have slowed us down. We drew from our experience in music, choreography, character development and, of course, juggling.
were other details. Like Costume Shopping. We're talking major
accessories here! God only knows we took this aspect of show preparation
as seriously as the back crosses we struggled to perfect. Once we
decided on sequins - a fashion risk at best - there was no turning back.
all fell into place. We toured for two months
Quest and Brown take a reading break in the Azores.