I just returned home from mvworks’ mandatory burgers and beer night out. The consensus: we are all a bit nervous but really excited.
The smaller performance space is sure to create some anxiety and possible changes once we get back into the theater, but honestly I can’t wait. We have been hard at work and it has paid off, …within us. is truly a stronger piece. I am so pleased with the whole company for allowing the space for changes to be made while also holding true to the original intention and meaning of the work. I am particularly proud (if I can use such a word) of Kendra, our newest company member, who dove in head first and has become the partner the other dancers and the piece needs. Her addition brings strength, vivaciousness, and tenacity.
Even if you saw the work in May, I honestly feel that (if you enjoyed it) you should return and experience it again. The confines of the theater will make everything more intense, the clarity of intention we have found in recent rehearsals will transfer to you as a viewer, and the movement additions/changes will provide a fresh feeling.
As always, at this stage of the process I feel overwhelmed with emotion, to do’s, and limited time, but in the end, what an honor to work with these people, to remount my work, and to share it with presenters. Ready or not, here we come, again.