Good morning all. 22 degrees and heading to 33 only today. Last night was the Perseid meteor shower with a new moon, so it was dark enough to see it properly if the cloud cover was not making life difficult. So at 12.30am Sabina, Emily, Cookie and Amber and I set off in the car to find a dark spot away from any city or town light pollution. We drove for about ten minutes from our house in Prague 9 and wandered in the dark over some fields where Cookie and Sabina set up their respective cameras to try to capture the moment of a shooting star. The cloud cover was minimal and the stars were lovely, and we did see many shooting stars which was lovely. But of course every time Sabinas camera went click to close the shutter and she bent down to reset it, a shooting star appeared. It was so often it was comical. We gave up trying to capture any on camera after an hour and Cookie then showed the girls how to play with light and long exposures by making them stand still with lights on their faces from their phones and then getting them to turn them off and then he ran around behind them (in a field in the dark in the middle of nowhere) with another light source making shapes in the air. The results were eerily beautiful and amazed the girls.
Home by 2 then up at 06.30 to come back in to the studios. Today is the day I start to get the dancers at the hostel to come and see me so that I can explain in detail, and give them a map each, how to get back to the airport on Sunday when they leave. I also give them the fare. I also have the hostel manager coming in to see what we do, and the Physiotherapist from the Royal Ballet School in London is popping in to look around.
The talk with Filip last night was very good and very informative about his plans for the company here in Prague. Thankfully he intends to make it a strong Classically based company. He was a superb dancer and we saw some lovely clips of his time with Stuttgart Ballet in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet and La Sylphide etc.