We’ve traded Tchaikovsky for a delicious mix of Prokofiev and Bizet, and oh, what a welcome trade. There’s nothing like a new soundtrack to wash away the worn and sing kinetic life.
This month and next are filling quickly with material- both the newly created and the boldly revisited. Between R&J rehearsals, videos of Viktor Plotnikov’s first full-length rewind and play, rewind and play. Fourteen years ago, our beloved Viktor reimagined this classic drama in that way only he can. Then a fairly new choreographer, Carmen was one of his first collaborations with the company whose roster he now graces. A decade and a half later we wake Viktor’s steps to discover them somehow still innovative; his is an ever revolutionary form of dance.
During my first year as a trainee with FBP, I performed as a (rather intimidated) “factory girl” in Viktor’s Carmen. I remember reveling in the genius of his unforced mime and celebrating- though timidly- my body’s ability to use his powerful and strange dance vocabulary. This season I am honored to be learning the role of Michaela, Don José’s betrothed who, in this version, also has the privilege of acting as a bit of a narrator. Finding herself in quite the assortment of situations, Michaela’s choreography is both sweet and mature, and I am all sorts of excited to dance it.