So here we are...we made it safely to West Palm Beah, not without some trouble, but we're here nevertheless. I admit I am really excited to be here, for two reasons in particular. The first reason is that I am excited to be dancing Mr. Arpino's "Reflections". I keep him deep in my heart and every time I get the chance to perform one of works, I feel a deep passion to once again perform at my absolute best. Don't get me wrong, that is always the case no matter what I am performing, but you can understand that sometimes things can be a little more personal, and this is one of those things.
The second reason I'm excited to be here has to do with performing "Age of Innocence" once again. It is still one of favorite pieces to perform and is still a challenge to perform. It was choreographed by Edwaard Liang, and even if a lot of movement was choreographed on me, it still remains a challenge. His movement style is based on Tai Chi (characterized by the use of leverage through the joints based on coordination and relaxation, rather than muscular tension...essentially the opposite of ballet). Ballet requires a constant "soft" tension in the body to keep your core straight and avoid fighting with gravity. It helps keep our balance and helps us to be able to turn better in alignment with our axis.
Edwaard brought Tai Chi into his choreography in his piece, something you can certainly see in the first group section when the man enters the stage, in the third scene with the 4 men, and again in the last section at the completion of the ballet.
What is most challenging (and what I like) is that my height makes it difficult to be quick and grounded. The switch between ballet when you are pulled up and tai chi when you have to go the opposite direction, lower your center of gravity, and connect to the ground is the tough, but fun part.
Enjoy the photos from today's rehearsal. Performance tonight at 8:00pm.