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Monday, March 22, 2010

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. 
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It’s been two and a half weeks since The Great Gatsby, and I’m still exhausted. 
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

TWB: The hardest part of creating The Great Gatsby was...
S. Webre: ...the fact that there was no existing musical score, which serves as a defacto libretto. 
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last night was preview night, and it went so well. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time. It is a testament to our company of artists that they are able to present such a dazzling production despite what has been a very busy last couple of months.  
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3 PM:
It’s intermission during Gatsby dress rehearsal, and I’m relieved that things are going so much better today. Highlights include: 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

11:30 PM: Today was tech day for The Great Gatsby…I almost shot myself. 
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Friday, February 05, 2010

Despite the threat of “snowpocalypse,” we are hard at work today on both 2010.2011 Season planning and creating Act II dances forThe Great Gatsby. This is not the first time I’ve found myself split between present and future, forgetting what year I’m currently in and wondering how it will all get done. Somehow, it always does.  
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday, January 29
6PM: The Great Gatsby rehearsal day ends. 
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

8:45 PM:
Today we held our new season photo shoot, an event that it is always exciting, but a bit nerve-wracking too. We had a jam-packed schedule to stick to, and it’s easy to drift off course, especially when your company dancers are as photogenic as ours! Still we managed to get all the shots for the 2010.2011 season brochure (details to come) and some new shots for our upcoming spring programs, Bolero(+) (Click here for tickets and more information) and Genius3 (Click here for tickets and more information).  
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Monday, January 25, 2010

10:20 PM:
It’s all Gatsby all the time. To date, I’ve roughed out about 10 of the 35 songs and the studios seem to be bristling with excitement about the project. I started this morning with a rehearsal for the big Charleston piece that opens Gatsby’s party in act 1. This number needs to capture the unbridled energy and optimism of the times. My goal was to create a contemporary dance with references to social dancing from the era and to tap into the wit and kookiness of Billy Novick’s orchestration of this famous song. The Charleston will involve all the members of the Company and Studio Company, although I began setting the dance on a small group in the company, led by Jade Payette and Luis Torres, who are willing and creative guinea pigs for some pretty wild and fast-paced dance moves. The day ended with a session creating a lush and sensitive duet for Daisy and Gatsby in Tom’s bungalow, which ends Act 1. I’m making the material on Jared Nelson and Elizabeth Gaither, with two other couples also creating the roles: Jon Jordan and Laura Urgelles; and Brooklyn Mack and Jade Payette. Jared’s one of the most able, creative, and attentive partner I’ve worked with and Elizabeth brings such extravagant beauty and dramatic context to each moment, and is game to follow his lead. They’ve partnered together for years and have developed so that the work proceeds swimmingly. I’m hoping to finish the pas de deux today
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