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Monday, November 02, 2009

Today was a mostly Mozart day. In January, The Washington Ballet Studio Company is collaborating with DC-based musical organization the InSeries (our third collaboration in three years!) to produce WAM! (wolfgang amadeus mozart), an original full-evening dance/theater work staged by Associate Artistic Director David Palmer, dancer Jared Nelson, InSeries Founder/Director Carla Hubner, and myself. Carla, David and I had a 5-hour retreat immersing ourselves in Mozart’s music and his letters. 
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Friday, October 16, 2009

1:15 AM: I’ve just gotten home after our opening of Don Quixote. Wow, what an amazing night. 
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Friday, October 16, 2009

11:55 PM: Tonight the second cast of Don Quixote debuted their roles and proved to be in fine form. Maki Onuki and newcomer Brooklyn Mack did a fine job with the fiery roles of Kitri and Basilio and the whole cast rose to the occasion. 
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

7:37 AM:
Don Quixote really soared last night. Last night was the preview performance and the whole cast was really on. Jonathan Jordan and guest Viengsay Valdes were electrifying. Jon’s natural smoothness, virtuosic fireworks, and intrinsically elegant style with Viengsay’s astonishing balances, silken turns, and passionate Cuban style were met by a standing ovation which lasted quite a long time. The whole cast did a bang-up job considering they had knocked it our of the ball park at the dress rehearsal a couple of hours earlier. Some highlights: 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

11 PM: I just got home from Tech rehearsal—things went well all things considered. 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

6:45 AM:
It's production week! Yesterday morning at 8 AM the production team, lead by Ed Cucurello, Monica Leland, Jax Messenger and Karen Storm began loading Don Quixote into the Ike Theater. 
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Monday, October 12, 2009

4:15 PM 
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Sunday, October 04, 2009

9:45 PM:
It’s baaaaaaack...We just finished our Nutcracker audition process—last weekend at THE ARC, and this weekend at our Northwest campus, with final call backs ending a few hours ago. While completely exhausting, the experience is also completely inspiring. The young dancers age 6-18 are so filled with joy and enthusiasm for the world they are discovering. Some highlights: 
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

This evening I participated in a public round table discussion at Gala Hispanic Theatre on the topic “Cuban Cultural Exchange Today.” It’s a fascinating topic as USA/Cuba policy is so dynamic now, and it’s also timely because Viengsay Valdes, Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s prima ballerina, just arrived to guest with us in Don Quixote
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Friday, September 18, 2009

TGIF. 
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