December 23, 2010
The Nutcracker kicked in to gear the last weekend of September with auditions at THEARC and then in NW. A huge number of dancers auditioned and the year a record number 425 dancers are performing in Nutz over multiple casts. Thank heavens for Donna Glover and her army! We expanded the run to five weeks- Thanksgiving week at THE ARC and then four weeks at The Warner. As I type this (with my thumb on my phone!) we've of five more shows left. I've given the dancers the green light to do a "Nutty Nutcracker" on the last show. I'll miss that performance dammit-I'll be in Texas visiting my family and we'll all likely be swimming in mojitos by then. I just hope the dancers keep it clean. :-)
September 17, 2010
It's great to welcome the amazing Monique Meunier (former Principal Dancer at NYCB and Soloist at ABT) as our new Ballet Mistress and Carlos Valcarcel (beloved faculty member with TWSB) as our Ballet Master of TWB's new Trainee Program. David Palmer and I welcome the help!
September 12, 2010
Back-to-work! Preparing Romeo + Juliet (fabulous roles for so many!) and welcoming Christopher Bruce who set his riveting Rooster on the company set to the music of the Rolling Stones which premieres in February.
September 7, 2010
Today we performed excerpts of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs for Mrs. Obama at the White House. What an amazing experience! We spent the day there and about 15 of our students took dance workshops and then watched the show. It honored retiring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Judith Jamison and was directed by Damien Woetzel. Morgann Frederick and Jonathan Jordan knocked it out of the ball park. Our students from THEARC so impressed the White House staff they've invited back to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller as a surprise for the First Lady on Halloween and to tour the White House to see the holiday decorations! And pictures below.
August 1, 2010.
Amazing summer travels judging international ballet competitions and visiting ballet folks all over the place. The itinerary included Amsterdam (dined with the stunning bride-to-be Michele Jimenez); Greece for yoga, beach, reading, and the thump-thump-thump of the techno beat on Super Paradise Beach; judging a competition in Istanbul with buddies Malakov, Bocca, et al; judging in Cape Town with Dirk and the gang just after the World Cup (Shakira's pop anthem was ubiquitous); judging at the grand daddy if them all in Varna, Bulgaria where I ate three shopska salads a day. It's nice to be home!
Once again, I’m enjoying a cold Mexican beer as I relive another wonderful ballet event.
After a year-long search and interviews with many qualified candidates, I’m thrilled to announce that Monique Meunier will join TWB as Ballet Master on August 23, 2010.
Genius3 closed yesterday with a bang. As I write this, it still feels like I’m swimming in a bowl of mojitos…
Preparing three contemporary works as different as the individuals who created them is a daunting task. Our upcoming Bolero(+) production features Nicolo Fonte's Bolero, Edwaard Liang's Wunderland and a world premiere by Karole Armitage. Karole started working on her piece right after New Years, and held her rehearsals opposite Gatsby rehearsals.