Yeva & Thoenn Glover - Dancers/ChoreographersThursday, November 22, 2012
My Mother's Red Shawl - El Rebozo Colorado
Yeva & Thoenn Glover - Dancers/Choreographers
|Yeva & Thoenn Glover|
Yeva Glover (writing about her sister Thoenn)
Siblings - Coming into the world holding hands.
Siblings are fascinating creatures. Whether close in relationship or not, they shape one another, protect each other, compete viciously, confide, provide, support, criticize, praise and insult. They can be as different as black and white or as similar as two peas in the same pod. Thoenn and I have had a relationship that stems from deep in our genetics, but has also run a line of parallel ground in our chosen artistic pursuits as dancers.
Upon her arrival into this world, I immediately adopted Thoenn as a member of my doll family, however she quickly became much more interesting than any of the others as this one was actually alive! From this point we moved through life in a sense holding hands. Whether in rivalry or intimate friendship, one would always fill in each other’s gaps; one taking the role the other left open. I sometimes wonder how much of our personalities have been carved by each other’s strengths, flaws, and entwined lives. We shared the brunt of confusion and pain, new ventures and family dramas. When we began dance, we began together and would often be found making routines together on the lawn, in the tree house, on our pretend tight rope, in the bathroom…
Thoenn was always more of the firecracker than I: quicker to bite, faster moving, snappier in temperament, braver and more daring (in my mind). She has always been quicker to the punch and able to freely speak her mind. As a child, this was simply troublesome and annoying. As a young adult, it was an enviable blast of energy and success. Now, I admire these strengths, as they seem to kick in where mine maybe leave off.
As siblings close in friendship, we also have miles of common ground in terms of our careers as dancers. As we became more and more serious about training, competitions, etc., there was a certain animosity between us. I, being elder, was always on the next step that she had to then also ascend to, if not surpass. If I won a 1st place, she must then win a 1st or otherwise have failed (in her mind). This continued through post-secondary training as we followed virtually the same path. It wasn’t until we both carved out our own jobs in the field, spent many years without much contact, and added some numbers to our age, that we came to a place where the playing field was even, immune to the roles of older and younger sisters.
Now, we have begun the adventure of creating dance together, which is no small feat. As we tumble and struggle through directing ourselves, and each other, in a grown-up variation on the backyard lawn productions, we are yet again creating, exploring, supporting, sometimes provoking, yet sharing this life in a way no one else can. I still envy her sharp and out going flare. I assume she admires certain qualities of mine. She still knows how to get under my skin, as I know how to get under hers. We pull pieces from each other’s depths; play to one another’s strengths, and in both of our minds we have succeeded in ways the other envies. Thoenn and I can be as different as you can imagine or as similar as our looks would suggest, but regardless of it all, we are two people that seem to have come into the world to hold each other’s hands as we meander down the road of living.
Thoenn Glover (Writing about her sister Yeva)
Yeva changed her personality a few years into her life here on this planet. Born angry and violent, she underwent a sudden transition and transformed into the most easy-going of the 3 sisters. As a toddler, Yeva would have unexplainable tantrums. Imagine a child, at almost hip height, hurtling down the hill (where the chicken coup was), and at top speed colliding with our heavy wooden door…once…twice…thrice…and all in a an effort to display her frustration at something, no one knows what. Our family was/is supportive, loving and provided all the care and attention a child needs. Definitely not the type of circumstance that would cause a small kid to dedicate periods of time to smashing her own head into the floor repeatedly, which was another commonality at that time. Somehow, out of the blue, this all changed relatively suddenly, leaving the calm & non-reactive Yeva we know today.
For me, as the third girl, the stage was set: my eldest sister was very much removed by the 10 years separating us, but Yeva was my closest point of contact outside of Mom & Dad and the person I could try out my own personality with. When I arrived Yeva had yet to transition, therefore I fell happily into the “good child & quiet baby” role, however soon after when she decided to take a 180, I was forced into being a hyper and excitable child in contrast to my now-calm counterpoint. This proved to be a challenge for me in our interactions, as I was now the most vocal of the two and would attract the most scolding. Normally, the cause of an outburst would be Yeva’s calculated manipulations, where with a few specific words or by simply looking at me I would be forced into my prescribed role as the younger, bratty sister.
Luckily we have managed to mature into adults with all of our fingers & toes, and are appearing wrapped in the same shawl in this very photo. But…I beg you…look into Yeva’s face. Can you see the dual personality? Believe it or not, the layering of experience under the cool gaze, there exists a history of early turmoil, underneath the serene and patient individual we are accustomed to now. There is a cunning mastery in there too, with which she not only changed her personality, but mine too.
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Cathy Marsden Pschiatrist
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Colin MacDonald Saxophonist/Composer
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Colleen Wheeler Actor
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Timothy Turner - Real Estate Agent
Kiera Hill Dancer
Johnna Wright & Sascha Director/Mother - Son/Dreamer
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Celia Duthie Gallerist
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Stefanie Denz Artist
Ivette Hernández Actress
Byron Chief-Moon Actor/Dancer
Colin Horricks Doctor
Ian Mulgrew Vancouver Sun Columnist
Jocelyn Morlock Composer
Corinne McConchie Librarian
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Patrick Reid Statesman, Flag Designer
Michael Varga CBC Cameraman
Bronwen Marsden Playwright/Actress/Director
David Baines Vancouver Sun Columnist
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward Photographer
Lauren Elizabeth Stewart Student
Sandrine Cassini Dancer/Choreographer
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