curtain call: Agon & Orchis

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Just thought I’d share a little round up of behind-the-scenes photos from this weekend’s performance of Agon & Orchis.   This series of shows has been one of the most exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting of my entire career thus far.  I performed in my first Balanchine ballet, danced in an incredible, innovative world premiere, and was promoted into the company.  It’s safe to say I will never forget this weekend.  Ever.  And now, without further ado, I give you…the awkward Orchis dressing room shots!  Enjoy:

awkis“Hi, my name is Kirsten, and I’m a dingus!”


pink matches

There is so much potential energy in a stack of matches.  All it takes is one simple spark and the whole pile is aflame.

Right now, the dancers of FBP are all sharing a correlative level of potential energy.  Once set in motion, there is a possibility for each little spark to reach the (almost painfully) dry oxygen that inhabits the stage and burst into flames.  I cannot express just how excited I am to even have the chance to experience this potential bonfire.

Tonight will be my first time ever performing a Balanchine ballet- a milestone for any professional dancer- and (for reasons that only type A personalities would understand) I am so glad that it’s Agon.  As for Plotnikov’s Orchis, for any of you attending the show, please note your exits and practice a little stop, drop & roll…we’re going to burn it up.