January 16, 2012 - Kara Wilkes

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:09AM

I dusted off my passport and downloaded an app to brush up my French for my first international tour with LINES. First stop was Switzerland, where we stayed in charming Winterthur at the Park Hotel. It boasted an enticing breakfast spread, a restaurant with decadent desserts, and the ever-needed sauna, whirlpool, and a cold-plunge bath where we gathered to revive our sore, fatigued bodies. Each day we waddled five minutes to the theatre in the nippy cold with our ankles fat and sleeping schedules awry thanks to jet lag. Nonetheless, we pulled together for three performances of Dust and Light and Rasa, which were all punctuated by the audience clapping in unison until the the curtain was raised again for another bow. Receiving such an energetic response, such gratitude from an audience, makes the challenges of our job well worth it.

Sunday we said our goodbyes to Winterthur after a last tasty breakfast, and hopped onto the tour bus arriving several hours later in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. I’ll admit I had to look Luxembourg up: it’s a small country sitting snugly between France, Belgium and Germany that celebrates a rich tradition in the arts with prestigious concerts, museums and festivals; French and German are the main languages. Esch is the second largest city in Luxembourg and it bustles with shops, cafes, and friendly people. Our hotel sits in the heart of it. While we checked in, the group noticed a young boy out the window executing a few flashy dance moves as he played with this friends. We cheered him on and roared with laughter when he sprinted away embarrassed at being caught in the act. To our delight, he reappeared for a quick encore. What other inspiration could we need for our fourth performance here in Esch?

image Kara with Yujin Kim outside of Theater Winterthur

image French countryside en route to Luxembourg

image Michael Montgomery and Caroline Rocher strike a pose

image Lovely old elementary school in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

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