Performances This Semester
Second semester at Juilliard is chockfull of performance opportunities, and we have already begun to delve into them!
Last Monday, we started rehearsals for Missa Brevis (1958), a piece choreographed by Jose Limón. The score was written at the end of World War II and it is a beautiful and moving piece. The freshman class performs it every year, and it is super cool to begin to participate in this Juilliard tradition! It is funny to look at the other classes peeping into our rehearsals to see how we’re doing, reminiscing about their experience doing Missa! We will continue with this piece until we perform it in May at Choreographic Honors.
Coming up at the end of this month is the February Choreographic Workshop. I am performing in a group piece and also choreographing a duet! It is the first time I am presenting work on people other than myself, so I can’t wait to see the final product onstage! We also have Workshop in April after spring break.
(From November Workshop, with my duet partner Ethan, and watching the performances from backstage)
My performance preparation process mainly consists of a lot of rehearsals. For my choreographic process, I book chunks of time a couple of times a week and generate a lot of movement phrases. After that, I fit it into time with the music to create a final product. After that, I focus on refining the details and cleaning the piece.
In terms of preparing for a performance, it involves a lot of rehearsals and time warming up and reviewing the piece before the performance.
The second, third and fourth-years are performing classic repertory at the end of March (freshmen don’t participate in this concert), and it is amazing to observe the process of restaging classic repertory!