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July 6, 2010

Building a character

 

I see a woman with her mouth open, wearing a green shawl, blue shirt, yellow and orange skirt, and black flats. Her arms are spread wide, as if she’s embracing the world around her. She wears a black hat and an expression of happiness, if only slightly embarrassed. There is a tent behind her. The crowd observing her has their arms stretched wide, imitating her gesture. She is performing. She travels with a circus. She is a one-woman show in which she plays many characters. One of her characters is a diva. This is her debut performance.