In celebration of American Thanksgiving we compiled an album of foods encountered by our dance companies all over the world. Check out these international feasts!: http://on.fb.me/1eA6rjT
We had a very busy schedule when we finally got into Brooklyn - rehearsals running until 11pm - but we did manage to squeeze in a bit of time to explore Brooklyn. I found the area very exciting - full of new artistic places. The area around BAM is growing and cool, I loved it. I also enjoyed DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Brooklyn Heights.
Some of my dancers in Brooklyn. Photo by Laura Casalongue, our rigging assistant.
Our premiere was overwhelming! Our whole team (dancers, riggers and BAM staff) were great, and I was really happy to see the great response from the audience. Deborah Jowitt’s post-show questions were very clever and right to the point.
Photo by Rebecca Greenfield
I believe we all learned a lot. My dancers got to know Doug’s amazing dancers - both companies learned from each other. They also became friends, a really nice thing, despite not all of my dancers speaking English.
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan
I myself learned a lot, too. I haven’t shared a creative process before and I found this process enriching, to learn how another choreographer manages it. The choreographer is usually lonely in his position, and sharing the job is a welcome change.
1. Get an inside look at their rehearsal process.
2. Take a class with an Argentine Tango Master.
On October 6, tango students in both New York and Buenos Aires came together thanks to virtual technology to take a class from Argentine tango master Julio Dupláa.
Diego Blanco of New York studio Triangulo led the Brooklyn students and served, when necessary, as a Spanish translator.
Dupláa had students start by mastering their walk.
In a special engagement, we’re streaming tonight’s performance AND post-show discussion LIVE from BAM to viewers worldwide!
Our show this weekend at BAM is FREE — that’s right, you heard us, FREE! Come see two world-renowned choreographers in a world-premiere dance collaboration, for a highly-affordable zero dollars!
But, there are some things you should know about how we make sure this can all happen in an orderly fashion:
Here’s our handy guide to a great DMUSA experience -
1. Tickets are distributed at the BAM Fisher Box Office. The BAM Fisher is BAM’s newest theater, right around the corner from the Opera House. Here’s a map! If you’re lost, go to the Opera House lobby, someone will help you find your way.
2. Tickets are given away at 6pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the show that evening. Tickets are given away at 1:30pm on Sunday for the matinee. What does this mean? It means that you might want to line up before 6pm to get a seat. If you’re lucky and there isn’t a line, tickets will continue to be given away until the house opens. So if you can’t make it until, say, 7pm, it’s still worth coming by the BAM Fisher to see if there are seats available!
3. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis — one per person. Translation? You get tickets in the order that you’re in line. If you want to sit with a friend, you should be in line together, because each person only gets one ticket, and they are assigned seats.
A lot has happened since we arrived and the best to come this week at BAM! Here is some journaling (I’m doing my best in English!) of the last three weeks of the residency:
After having rehearsed both companies in their own countries and having shared videos and Skype conversations with Doug for more than 2 months, the time to share the experience has arrived.
My company and I were all so excited about it. I am very thankful to Doug for having chosen me to create a new piece with him. I am happy not only because of the importance of the venue and the DanceMotion USA program, but also just to collaborate with him, because I admire his work. I’m already pleased about what we have chosen to create and what it looks like so far.
Exploring the Fishman Theater at BAM with Doug, where our work will be performed this weekend.
The first day was load in. We arrived in the great SUNY Purchase Dance Lab, in the Performing Arts Building of a huge University. That first week was really intense; we rehearsed every day from 10 till 5PM and we also taught a master class. (The master class went very well. The SUNY students were really happy and we loved sharing what we know with them).
As for the creation process during the first week, we finished putting together most of what we had previously planned, but there is a long way to go yet.
This week, we concentrated more on integrating both movement languages and moved on towards finishing the piece. We haven’t completely resolved the ending yet, but have a pretty good outline.