Crescendo

Crescendo

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The end of the year is always a funny thing. You see, there comes a point in mid-March (when we’re all overwhelmed with midterms, spring performances, rehearsals for choreographic workshop, and more) that I browse forward in my schedule to late April and early May. And I look with amazement and awe at how much free time I’ll have! Hours and hours of free time! By late April all the choreographic workshops will be over, the spring performances done, and most of the grunt work for my academic classes completed. It’ll be smooth sailing.

 

Ha.

 

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 So now coming to you live from late April I can’t help but look back on myself and laugh. The thing is though that I’m not laughing in a sadistic sort of way, but rather in a “oh you young spring chicken… little did you know.” The great thing is that when I reflect on all the reasons I’m so ridiculously busy I realize that I’m so busy doing all the things I love! At the moment there are two major projects bidding for my time. The first is Choreographic Honors. The deal with that is that at the end of the year the dance division faculty reviews all the pieces which have been presented at the 4 choreographic workshops throughout the year. The faculty then chooses a select number of pieces to be presented to the public at large on the big stage. (The Peter Jay Sharp Theater.) Having your piece selected is always hugely exciting because it is both a recognition of the work you put in and a chance for you to show your work to the public at large. Therefore I have absolutely no qualms about being in rehearsals to re-stage the piece I choreographed in February for Choreographic Honors. (The pictures in this blog post are from the piece I will be presenting.)

My next big project is aside from that is working to bring the piece I danced in for our Choreographers & Composers program this past November to film! The choreographer of the piece (fellow blogger Moscelyne Parkeharrison!) wanted to submit the piece for a choreographic film festival, so of course I was more than happy to participate in order to bring the piece back to life for the cameras! It will also be what is only my second time working with dance for film, so I’m very excited to continue to explore and research dance in that way. We’ll be filming in an old church up the street from Juilliard, and then again in a forest in Queens. (I didn’t even know there were forests anywhere in New York!) It’s sure to be quite the occasion.

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Regardless, it would seem that instead of winding down, this year is winding up. Which, in reflection, isn’t such a bad thing. I’ve always been a stickler for productivity, and so trying to get as much out of this year as I possibly can is a worth-while endeavor to me! On that happy note I urge you all to take advantage of everything life has to offer you! If the right steps are taken, then a bountiful and overflowing schedule can also be yours. (But be careful what you wish for!)

I hope everyone is enjoying the (long awaited) spring weather! Be sure to check out some of the other great blogs posted this week!

 

~Alexander Sargent~

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