Hit the Ground Running!
We enter into another dimension of space and time at The Juilliard School.
At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, my conception of time is just very different during the school year as opposed to the endless days of summer. Many will agree that there is a special "Juilliard time" which moves at the speed of thought - rapid fire.
With the excitement and commotion of orientation subsided, each division jumps headfirst into the busy first semester schedule. For Drama students, that means classes and rehearsals from 9am to 10pm most days. Each day feels like one long class, and each week like one long day. When the beloved "day off" arrives on Sunday, I finally emerge (from the 60 hours spent in the building that week) to catch my breath, do my laundry, and cook my meals for the next week.
The Drama Division wastes no time in propelling us into the swing of things. We hit the ground running in our first week by starting our first rehearsal project of the year - the Discovery Project.
Each year, the incoming first-year class works on a Shakespeare play as their first experience of working together as an ensemble, something that is at the heart of the Division's philosophy. All's Well That Ends Well is our play and we spend the first 7 weeks working from the ground up: extensive table/text work, movement and choreography, composing musical elements, and of course staging and rehearsal. The project culminates in two performance showings for the whole Drama Division.
Discovery has started to bring us together as an ensemble and we had a blast in the performances! Here's us post-showing with our directors Sarah Grace Wilson and Peter Pucci:
I'm looking forward to what comes next in the second quarter of this semester!