Juilliard Dances Repertory 2017
On Saturday, the dance division finished our five-show run of our Repertory show, also called Spring Dances, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The second, third and fourth-year dancers performed in one of three pieces on the program: Sheer Bravado (2006) by Richard Alston, Por Vos Muero (1996) by Nacho Duato, and V (2001) by Mark Morris. I performed in V, in the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday matinee shows.
The Repertory concert is the division’s other large performance other than New Dances. The focus of New Dances is to be immersed in a choreographer’s creative process, and experience and participate in the building of a dance from beginning to end. With learning repertory, we have a different challenge in that we have to approach the learning and rehearsal process with the intention of embodying the original intent of the work, and matching the energy and execution of the original dance, while still putting yourself into the work. It is good to cultivate those skills for the professional world, as many companies dance established pieces such as those that we performed, and it is valuable to have the skills to be successful in both kinds of rehearsal settings.
Both Sheer Bravado and V had the opportunity to dance to live music, and that was one of my favorite parts of this performance experience. For V, we danced to Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat Major for piano and strings, Op. 44. It is always inspiring to hear how talented the musicians are here at Juilliard, and it enabled us to be really connected to the music, as we were in the process of listening and adjusting to it as we were dancing onstage.
We actually had Mark Morris in the studio for a rehearsal, which was a really unique experience. He is incredibly invested in all his works, and he really remembers the smallest of details. It was great to be able to get his two cents on how he wanted it danced, and to fine-tune the details with the choreographer present.
Congratulations to all the dancers and musicians that performed in the show! Check back next week for more!