Kings of the Dance
The Process, Part 1.
This is the last week of rehearsals for the Kings of the Dance. The show will open in Moscow in just seven days before the production comes to the Center for its American premiere. While many of the pieces are already set and being polished in rehearsals, today's focus is in on a completely new work being created by Jorma Elo for Marcelo Gomes. Elo, the Finnish-born resident choreographer of Boston Ballet, has set his new dance, Still of King, to the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 100 in G major. Elo cues the music and Gomes walks slowly to the center of the room. The dancing that follows is brilliant, full of mercurial shifts of mood, fluid, modern, and expansive.
Now it's Tuesday, September 27th, and a completely new work is being created in the large windowless rehearsal hall on the fourth floor of City Center. Jorma Elo, the Finnish-born resident choreographer of Boston Ballet, is making a new solo, Still of King,for Marcelo Gomes to the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 100 in G major. [read more]
Our Kings are Hard at Work
Sept 18. The first full week of rehearsals has just ended and looking back, it's amazing how much has been accomplished in such a short time.
Mauro Bigonzetti has made remarkable progress on the opening ballet of the program, Jazzy Five. The music is by Federico Bigonzetti, the choreographer's son, and its sometimes soulful, sometimes playful, rhythmically incisive sound lends the ballet an easy-going, but earnest quality. The introductory dance begins as the five men in the cast move slowly downstage holding on to each other as if they were syrtaki dancers. The image is one of communal coming together. Suddenly they break apart into a pair of brief but strikingly different duets for Sarafanov and Coté, and Gomes and Hallberg, interrupted by a brief solo by Vasiliev who comes ripping down center stage in a huge heal slide before settling in a side split on the floor. [read more]
Ivan Vasiliev rehearsing for Kings of the Dance, part II
New York, City Center studios.Rehearsal day 5. It's remarkable, but Vasiliev's entire 10 minute solo, renamed The Labyrinth of Solitude, has been set by mid-day Saturday, the 4th day of rehearsal. De Bana's response to music is organic. He listens to a few phrases and then dances through them alone. Ivan stands off to the side, watching intently. If the choreographer is satisfied (indicated by a quiet, "Yes, that's it" to himself), he proceeds to teach the steps to the dancer whose sponge-like ability to absorb and internalize every gesture is uncanny. [read more]
Ivan Vasiliev in Rehearsal for Kings of the Dance 2011
We are very pleased to have special guest blogger Anya Korisch writing from City Center in New York where she's behind-the-scenes at rehearsals for Kings of the Dance 2011. For the next few weeks, we'll be posting Anya's insider photos and updates. Her first blog post, below, provides a front row seat to the solo piece, Labyrinth of Solitude. Kings 2011 will receive its American premiere here Oct. 21 – 23. Sept. 8th, second day of fall rehearsals. City Center. [read more]