04 Jul The Dancing Lawyer. A Story of Creation From Nothing
Was he wondering what was beneath, as most geologists have? As an infant (which I once was), one is usually the product of the mistaken belief that theirs is the first generation to discover a thing. This Boy Scout must have been under glorious astonishment at the discovery of a pothole, something which has become quite synonymous with most roads outside Kampala’s central business district. While the mother continued to ask this budding geologist to move, she gave up on reason, as most parents do when they start the daunting task of playing to the cognitive abilities of a young child. She hastily carried him away to catch up with the rest of the family.
That’s how strange and unfamiliar the past four months have been. This may explain why I have delighted in interacting and seeing strangers. I was drawn to anything that got me off the dining table by the window, which has become my workspace, an area I cohabit with my laptop. Each person that walks past me presents their own mystery and opens up a whole new imaginable world. Some days, I run into couples walking hand in hand, on other days, I have seen them walk far apart, almost as if they were separated. On another day, I saw an elderly man (stick in hand) moving with his loyal friend, a dog. Perhaps, I longed to engage with something quaint, and out of routine as opposed to being at home. In this season, this undeniable oddness has made me grow fond of strangers, and has also led me to rediscover my strange love for dancing.
Trish Hall writes in reference to the partial truth that most people (intentionally or unintentionally) and, in the most limited way tell on social media. She comments that, the truth coexists with a larger, more complex social “truth.” Our social truth is woven of lies—like the guy who can hardly stand his wife but keeps posting tributes to her on Facebook, presenting the image of a contented couple in a blossoming marriage. Social media propels a personal definition of truth, so that now some people think that if they believe something could be true or ought to be true, it is. In the same way, one might not get the full picture about the rigor that dancing requires when they see our videos. Working to create a coordinated and well-choreographed dance is not such a simple feat. The moves may look fairly straight forward, when recorded, but a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. And when one sees the final video, although good, it is only half the truth.
Typically, we have to first agree on a song, before we dance. Sometimes, we consider whether it is contemporary music, after which we try and predict whether the song is groovy. When we agree on a song, we then play it and start creating the moves. If a dance move comes to one’s mind, it is put forward for consideration. Then the rest of the team may agree on whether the move is suitable or not. Sometimes we consider the flexibility and ability of the team before we agree on a move, especially as a precautionary step for those whose muscles might strain. In early 2019, I had the opportunity to watch Giuseppe Verdi‘s La Traviata at the Royal Opera House in London. This thrilling 4 hour opera (with breaks) was such an engaging revival of a tragic tale but, rich with visual opulence – vocals and dance routines that left me breathless. But for most Operas, the cast and orchestra prepare for months (with some preparations stretching to six months). While our choreography is not an opera, it is similar in many ways. We practice for an average of seven-eight hours to get a one minute routine (approximately the same time it takes to fly a plane from Tanzania to Netherlands).
For one to be consistent, they must practice daily to make themselves better, and the same can be said in any field of practice, even for the law and art. Consistency is an indispensable key to mastery of anything in life. Once you do not practice you get rusty, that is why Daniel on the face of it, effortlessly gets the dance moves at first attempt. While it takes me about eight-nine attempts to master a dance move. I cannot be compared to my teammates, (and there would be no point in doing so), but, together we are formidable.
For every final cut of anything in life. There are omissions. In reference to my attempt at a Micheal Jackson career. For every video we put out, about 5 days of practice, numerous moves suggested but only a few make the final choreography. On shooting about ten takes, seven different angles, four different themes and costumes. Maybe some one forgot a sequence in one of the videos and another person in the next. Whilst editing, some parts will be taken from a video that was the top of the pick and joined with parts from another. That is the process that allows you to sit and reflect, marvel and applaud yourself at an achievement.Without each of those ingredients, the recipe is not complete and the final is not absolute. So, I have learnt to respect each high and low. It is a symbiotic balance that you will encounter in many aspects of your life that aids learning and definitely growth. To look back on a journey, you must have had a trajectory. A past that leads in front.