Photo Credit: Phil Wayes

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Let's talk about 'Alice:' The Last Act

Is it really only Tuesday? It feels like Wednesday.

We're running Act Five tonight; and that's the last of the studio rehearsals, folks. After today, our next run will be the final dress rehearsal in the theater.

I'm excited about tonight. Act V is the longest and the most "involved," but it includes some of my favorite scenes-- and my strongest dances.
The first dance I completed for Alice was the for Cards; an ensemble of nine dancers (including two demi-soloists); five in red and five in black. It's one of my favorite pieces of music; and the choreography has been in my head for about seven years, ever since the first time I danced to that music. Ditto for the Roses, and the big group piece with both the Roses and Cards. The music is from Don Quixote, which is my favorite ballet ever-- and one of my favorite classical scores (I danced Don Quixote in 2002 and in 2005; I've been itiching to choreograph to that music forever). When I my music choice were approved, I just about got giddy (P.S. All three of my "Flower Garden" ballets? Guess where the music is from. NO, GUESS).
The Royal Guards was so much fun to choreograph-- I love the music, and the Red King dances with the Guards. I choreographed the King to be a comic-relief character-- the dancer (a tiny little sprite with enough personality to fill a stage) does a solo at the end where she does the robot (YES, THE ROBOT). I had two seperate ensembles dancing together as the Guards, and enjoyed the challenging of intergating two seperately-rehearsed groups into one dance.

I haven't seen much of the other dances in Act V. While I'm excited to see my own dances in action, I'm also excited to see how it all comes together. It's our last rehearsal and the last run of the last scene-- the end of the creation process. From here on out, it's Stage Time.

For now, though, I'm off to Katy for some photo-shooting (we're getting our headshots for the program done this afternoon), then to rehearsal until 9, then finish cleaning....because Mama Butterfly is coming to Texas in T-minus two days.

And now, here's your moment of Zen:
"Alice laughed. 'There’s no use trying,' she said, 'one can’t believe impossible things.'
'I daresay you haven’t had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!'"
~ Through the Looking- Glass: And What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll


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