Ashley Graham, Beyoncé Knowles, body image, body-shaming, Channing Tatum, Charles Lewis III, Cindy Crawford, Cirque du Soleil, Claire Rice, contortionist, In For a Penny, Kate Winslet, Magic Mike XXL, mental endurance, mental exercise, Notorious BIG, One More Chance, Ovo, physical endurance, physical fitness, PianoFight, plus-sized model, pre-show warm-ups, racism, San Francisco Olympians Festival, San Francisco Theater Pub, sexism, SF Olympians, SF Theater Pub, ShortLived, Sports Illustrated, Tagged Ashley Cowan, The Exorcist, This is Why We Broke Up
My latest Theater Pub piece looks at issues of body image and motivation within the indie theatre scene.
Charles Lewis III, contemplating sound body and sound mind?
“Heartthrob? Never! Black ‘n ugly as ever…”
– The Notorious BIG, “One More Chance”
I have this thing I do before every show. It’s really not all that different from the pre-show ritual of any other performer: a series of physical warm-ups and vocal flourishes that, to the untrained eye would probably give the impression that I’d been possessed by the kind of demon only Max von Sydow could defeat. Y’know, the usual. At least I think it’s usual. One of my physical moves is to do a handstand against the wall, with a few push-ups for good measure.
It’s a move of such fundamental simplicity that it’s taught small children. But for some reason it’s become my “signature warm-up move”. I’m not even kidding. Claire Rice mentioned it in her intro for me during the third Olympians Festival. Granted, her…
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