September 13, 2017
JONATHAN MAKES A SOLO APPEARANCE
Texts were flying back and forth: Mandy just sprained her ankle…Eliza and Edgar’s preschool schedules shifted, making it impossible for Jonathan to rehearse before noon today…Lorena is unable to start that late -- not to mention that Sebastian looks like he might be coming down with something. It doesn’t look good for a regular rehearsal tomorrow.
Jonathan decides to come to the studio today with Edgar and Eliza after he picks them up from preschool. There’s no way to know how much he can accomplish, but at least he can move, and the kids can run around and play.
Sherri helps Jonathan schlep all of the supplies – and a sleeping Eliza – into the studio.
As Jonathan begins to stretch on the floor, he finds himself playing multiple roles for his kids: peacemaker, limit setter, and human jungle gym. He deftly avoids flying objects, tunes out the piano, tambourine, and drum banging, wipes runny noses, and provides snacks for the kids. With Sherri engaging Edgar and Eliza where possible, Jonathan manages to execute enough stretches to feel warm. This is the quintessential Second Story creating-while-caregiving scenario!
Taking advantage of Edgar and Eliza’s eventual absorption in their food and play, Jonathan works on standing stretches. He appears to be testing the impact of a variety of movements on different parts of his body.
Following his warm up, Jonathan begins to create new material for the next phrase in his solo. We see familiar motifs such as wide, swinging arm movements, torso twists, and foot taps.
After a few minutes, a class arrives to use the studio space, and Sherri has to leave for an appointment.
Despite the absence of his colleagues and numerous caregiving interruptions, Jonathan is able to move and create. His smile as he prepares to leave confirms that it has been worth it!
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of Process Portraits, LLC and author of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in psychology. She began her career in marketing and sales in New York City with L’Oréal, Monet Jewelers, and Givenchy. READ MORE