Monday, December 31, 2007

First Day of Rehearsals

Workshop Day 2

I took the dancers through a ballet class today. This was a great experience for them since ballet classes are very infrequent here. The students did receive prior exposure to ballet from other visiting teachers and from Miyako Nitadori when she visited Chennai a year ago along with DTSB&Co dancer Leonardo Torres. The dancers worked really hard and seem to have gained more awareness of using their feet and legs in a specific way.

The first rehearsal yesterday also went well. A lot of material was generated both by me and the dancers...the new work is developing into a structure of large group, duet, trio, and quarter sections. The process of creating a new work is just so fascinating to watch...I create in a way that is very different from the ways dances are created in hip-hop, latin, and lyrical dance forms..this is another great experience for the dancers in addition to the technical training.

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