March 14, 2018
LAST CHANCE FOR CHANGES AND CLEAN UPS BEFORE THE SHOWING
Leading into today’s session
Jonathan is concerned that his back pain will make it difficult for him to rehearse sufficiently before Sunday’s showing. He knows he will need to focus on practicing his solo during today’s rehearsal in order to perform on Sunday.
Prior to rehearsal, Jonathan suggests that the dancers run through the pieces in the order in which they will be performed at the showing.
Jonathan warms up on his own to ensure he moves gently, given his back pain.
Lorena and Mandy review costume choices, trying on different options and debating which outfits look best on each dancer and are most appropriate for each dance.
The ladies then stretch briefly before rehearsing.
Jonathan begins with his solo as Lorena observes and takes notes. Sebastian bangs his stroller while running back and forth across the studio floor, narrowly missing Jonathan as he dances. It is challenging enough for Jonathan to work through his pain, but he must also stay focused despite Sebastian’s auditory and visual distractions.
Not only is Jonathan able to make it through the first 2 parts of “Embers and Ash,” he continues on to organically create choreography for part 3 – much to his surprise! Following his run-through, he discusses with his colleagues whether or not he should include the third section in the showing. He acknowledges that the inclusion of this new material will allow the audience to catch the development of a section of the dance at its earliest stage.
Lorena then shares her notes with Jonathan:
After putting on a video for Sebastian, Lorena asks Jonathan to take notes on the run-through of her piece. Before reviewing Jonathan’s suggestions, Lorena works with Mandy to clarify traveling directions, timing, and geometry relative to the center of the stage and to each other. Lorena also asks Mandy to do a “low modern dance run” instead of a more balletic, elevated run.
Jonathan then shares his notes with the ladies:
Lorena and Mandy walk through section 1, clarifying the precise execution of a variety of movements, particularly the phrases where the dancers are connected and turning together.
Jonathan recommends descending gradually into the crouched positions rather than dropping down quickly. He also suggests that Lorena and Mandy run separately to the pose that concludes section 1.
Lorena reminds Mandy to allow the music to cue her moves. She also focuses on the qualitative details of arm positions and body roll technique.
Jonathan and Lorena continue to address qualitative issues with regard to Mandy’s section 2 solo:
Jonathan now stretches and works through ideas for his solo while Mandy and Lorena rehearse Mandy’s piece. Mandy continues to use the abstract music (arranged by Neil Alexander) she experimented with last week. She will use the same music during the showing , but may later decide to switch to an original composition that Neil has offered to make for her piece.
Lorena wants to review the choreography of a couple of phrases and clarify the execution of certain poses.
Following a run-through, Jonathan and Mandy offer notes to Lorena:
Mandy and Lorena also dissect the execution of every element of the forced arch pose.
Finally, it is time to work on Jonathan’s duet for Mandy and Lorena. Jonathan begins by sharing some ideas:
Jonathan then reviews some changes from last week’s rehearsal.
Mandy and Lorena now run through the entire duet while Jonathan calls out reminders about gestures, spacing, and recent changes.
Jonathan concludes the rehearsal with notes from this run-through:
Throughout the rehearsal, the dancers clearly wrestled with internalizing a lot of notes and remembering the most recent changes. As everyone prepares to leave, Jonathan recommends that the dancers review all of the pieces during the week to ensure that they comfortably integrate all of these notes and changes. The showing is in 4 days!
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of Process Portraits, LLC and author of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in psychology. She began her career in marketing and sales in New York City with L’Oréal, Monet Jewelers, and Givenchy. READ MORE