Archive for March, 2012

Review: annarogovoy.wordpress.com

“As the first dancers power through a series of devastatingly fast movement phrases, often in unison with partners or small groups, other dancers enter the stage and begin to add elements to the sculpture…”

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Review: timesunion.com

(The dancers) catapult their bodies across the floor, whirling and somersaulting; move through rigorous patterns of steps and hand gestures…”

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Mass MoCa

I’m now in North Adams, Massachusetts where we will be performing in a few days. Today all cast and crew of ‘Connected’ had a brilliant private tour of the Mass MoCa contemporary art gallery. What an amazing space!

Here’s a pic taken in front of one of Sol Lewitt’s fantastic paintings. Special mention goes to Melanie Stanton for her impeccable photographic timing. This only took one shot!

Goodbye DBS…for now

Well, it’s all complete! I’ve created five short pieces and 7 short solos in just five weeks here at Dubbo Ballet Studio. Phew!

I always love working with the students at DBS. They are so talented, hard-working and up for anything. I’ve had a fantastic few weeks choreographing these works for them. They’ll continue to work on them without me, and will perform them throughout the year at various competitions and functions around NSW. I’ll throw some photos and videos on this site when I can.

LA

I’m in LA! It’s very exciting for me to actually BE in Los Angeles, and not just pass through the airport on my way to somewhere else. Last night we did a technical rehearsal of Connected in the theatre and we’ll be opening the show tonight.


This time around, Harriet Ritchie will be replaced by Gabby Nekeville in the cast. Gabby has learnt the show very quickly and will be jumping into costume for the first time this afternoon. What a pro.

GMCLA

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a rehearsal of the Gay Mens Chorus Los Angeles last night. The GMCLA are performing a concert this weekend, and my friends Liam and Josh invited me to catch the rehearsal, since I won’t be able to attend the actual show.

It was amazing to hear 180 male voices beautifully working together to create a sound so smooth. The chorus tackles music ranging from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to traditional Indian chants. Performed in the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (with the world’s 3rd largest pipe organ – 20,000 pipes!) this will be a stunning concert. I’m so lucky I got to see them rehearse.

Wild Duck

I had been told “You HAVE to see it. Don’t ask questions, just see it.’

With a recommendation like that, I was thrilled when I was able to score a ticket to this sold out play at the Malthouse Theatre. The Wild Duck is an adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck by writer/director Steven Stone. With modern language in a modern setting, all but the majority of the storyline and character names are changed.

But this is far more than a simple re-telling. The Wild Duck stands as its own play. Powerfully (and entertainingly) telling a heart-wrenching tale of lies and family secrets.

The design of this show was phenomenal. Played completely in a glass box with no set, small accessories helped to tell us where we were. Everything in this play was perfect, the sound design, the costumes, the blocking, the formation of the audience, the lighting and, of course, the jaw-droppingly impressive acting made this a very very special night in the theatre. Thanks Belvoir Street Theatre. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.