July 4, 2011
I am back at my hotel after a long, dizzying evening of judging the Premio di Roma: the Rome International Choreographer’s Competition. I’ve been in Rome for one week, judging an amazing array of contemporary choreography from around the world, performed in an idyllic outdoor amphitheater.
But there is nothing tranquil or calm about the Italians. They work hard and they party late. The companies perform from 9:30PM until midnight and then the judges meet to discuss the work til 2AM—but I don’t mind because the wine is flowing freely. And then it’s time to unwind—bedtime’s been coming around 4 in the morning.
Some of the amazing choreographers I’ve had the privilege of judging include two young Australian choreographers; a provocative Italian from Napoli, and a Korean post-Modernist. This trip has given me a chance to rekindle my love affair with the Pantheon and a lot of other historic sites in and around Rome—which is the second stop on a long trip that started last week in Amsterdam to see the Dutch National Ballet.
It was great to see Michele Jimenez in the Netherlands; I got to see her perform in David Dawson’s ravishing new work for Dutch National. After Rome, it’s onto Saint-Paul de Vence in the Côte d’Azur, Berlin, and Seoul, Korea.
Thank God for frequent flier miles!