You may have noticed a lack of rehearsal-related posts lately. Have you?
Maybe you’ve been feeling the absence of studio snapshots and soreness complaints and new warm-up excitement over on this little blog of mine. Maybe you haven’t. But just in case you’re curious, here’s a little update on ballet life lately…
That soreness you may or may not have been missing from this electronic journal? Oh, it’s there. Hansel & Gretel is well underway, and if you’ve never scurried across an entire stage on your knees, butt-scooted away from unidentified creatures for an entire scene or scrambled around like a terrified turkey to the sound of thunder crashing multiple times in one show, let me tell you- it hurts. Dancing a playful, young, scared, brave, timid, triumphant little girl will do quite a number on your body (and mind), especially when you get to do it in the remarkably difficult style of Ilya Kozadayev. His is such a musical, smooth, and balanced style of movement that feels so satisfying to perform- but not without a week or two of bruised armpits and skinned knees (sexy, isn’t it?).
Making my back ache and my brain work is Viktor Plotnikov’s new multimedia piece, a retelling of the Spanish play, The House of Bernarda Alba. It’s a dark story, and though all of the “sisters” are supposed to be rather unattractive, I am known as the ugliest of them all. There’s a hump on my back and a jealous fire in my heart, but dancing this familiar style with the added intrigue of a filming element (some portions of the ballet will feature acting scenes filmed in black and white and played on a moving screen over the stage) is a nice mix of comfort and change. Not to say that Viktor’s work itself is in any way comfortable; Though the style feels more at home than most in my body after so many years, the break-dancing and shoulder-stands I’m doing feel no less arduous than they sound.
In stark contrast, Gino DiMarco’s Lady of the Camellias is bright and balletic and complete with parties for dancing and gossiping and all of those fun things you do in a french ballet. I suppose it’s also riddled with illness and adultery and death…but let’s ignore that a moment, shall we?
Also making its way to and from the studio on the daily is my
enormous informational history book! Pictured above in all of its 800-page glory, this thing is pretty darn serious. It’s chock-full of (extremely detailed) anecdotes about the founding of America, and after this course I’m expecting to be an expert on the subject. My father will be proud.
And there you have it! These days I’m doing lots of class en pointe, rehearsal on flat, homework and Whole Dancer worksheets. So in case you were starting to think my life consisted entirely of hot chocolate, baby’s breath and snowday strolls…just an update.