Monday, January 18, 2010
Yesterday was the first rehearsal in the theater for my piece in the show. The night before, I had a dream that no one could remember my dance! Not a good way to wake up; especially when your first rehearsal in the theater is also your only rehearsal in the theater. But rehearsal went wonderfully! It was great to see my piece onstage.
Being in the theater has me thinking about the differences from last year to this year in regards to my choreographic journeys. Last year was my first year choreographing for Orchesis, and I was nervous and anxious the entire time. I put so much time and effort into choreographing during the school year. This year I actually started choreographing over the summer, months before Orchesis auditions. I didn’t have any music, but I had ideas about what I wanted my dance to be. It was weird to me that I could be creating some serious chunks of movement without any music. This is definitely not the way I usually choreograph. Once I had my music and dancers set, my dance kind of just came together. The ease of this year’s process almost has had me nervous because of the lack of nerves!
So, here we are: blocking rehearsals in the theater, lighting on Saturday, and dress rehearsals next week. Some of us are tired from tons of rehearsals, others happy to be in the theater, and a few starting to get cranky from being around each other 24/7, but this is an exciting time in Orchesis, WE ARE IN THE THEATER! In two weeks, the empty seats will be filled and the curtain will be going up. How crazy is that??? After seeing Momix last week, I hope that I can emulate the talent, professionalism, and fun that I saw when the Momix dancers were onstage. I am so excited to be in the theater, 2 weeks away from opening night. Merde Orchesis dancers! Let’s have another great set of shows!
Photo: Prem Ananda