I had this dream the other night - I was in an elevator - top floor of a building, glass fronted, with a spectacular view of the sea. At intervals, every few minutes - there was a wave - a massive wave, combined with a pummelling of wind, which so rocked the enclosed space I was in, that I had to take the brace position every time it happened. I knew my colleagues were in other parts of the building, but I couldn't really get to communicate with them because every time I tried, another wave would come, and the intervals in between were just not long enough to take breath.
Dreams are so transparent sometimes. The elevator - elevator pitch - the pitches we have asked people to prepare for our "Dragon's Den" style pitching panel. Me, having to condense more than three years of planning and thinking into a quick punchy pitch when people ask me what Flying House is all about. The top of the building - clouds - in the sky - a flying house, yes? And the waves or gusts that tilted the floor diagonal every few minutes...? very, very like labour pains.
Yep, since we decided we would have to steam ahead and do the launch on January 27th rather than postponing, after it became apparent that our original date would have to be changed due to a reason way beyond our control... it has been like this. One thing after another, a crashing sense of impending deadline, the exhilaration of finally being on the way up...and the sure knowledge, that even though it's scary as hell, there are other people in the building and they have got things in hand.
Truly, we have an amazing team. Even with Khutjo and Craig in Cape Town performing Boitjie and Girlie, we have managed, through Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime to make decisions, move mountains, mobilise resources, collaborate with peers, plan, programme, design, re-design, invite, and keep soaring amounts of humour going throughout.
What is humbling and breathtaking though is the way people have responded to our calls for loans, free time or gear or greatly reduced rates on stuff we need. We will do more shout-outs in the next few days, but for now - Tony Groenewald and Christine Maree from T and C Apply - thank you for the loan of the lighting and sound equipment. These guys really rock and you should use them for your arts events, hey? And the gypsy twitter queen Madame Thandi O'Hagan, social media strategist will be live tweeting our event...pro bono. Words fail us (sometimes) but they don't fail her. Follow her @egoligal. #gypsystrategist
Jittery Citizens and Le Club - those two Joburg collectives of Improv Impresarios are coming to the party in a delightfully collaborative way. There are rumours that we may have a seriously impressive MC to brag about. Aaand - the inimitable Anthea Moys will be in the house with her portrait exchange. There's more, there's more. We'll tell you tomorrow.
About the mechanics of how it will all work, but for now - suffice to say... the pilots are in control and the weather, though feisty, is starting to clear.
If you are coming, please make sure you have rsvp'd - to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Fb event invite.