During a live performance, nothing is promised, and the audience experiences something new each time the curtain rises. They are able to witness the real-time mishaps and slips that cannot be undone or edited out. Each show is simply an unparalleled mystery to both the dancers and audience members because it is never certain what the outcome will be regardless of the repeated choreography. Even though dancers try to maintain a professional image, we are just like the people in the darkened theater clutching tickets in their palms. We make mistakes. We fall. We have off days just like everybody else. No matter how hard we strive for perfection, we will never be flawless, and that is reality.
Saturday, we took Flight, a guest-choreographed modern piece, downtown with peacock feathers perched delicately in our hair. To be honest, I am quite disappointed with my performance. It was an incredibly stressful night as things continuously went wrong, and I had to endure that defeated feeling as I took a bow. This piece will be performed again later this season, so I am hoping that we can redeem ourselves. As of right now, we must move on because it is going to be a busy week in the studio as we prepare for Alice in Wonderland in three weeks! I will not waste any more time thinking about the past. We have a ballet to learn. 🙂
One heck of a lot of work. Two dead pairs of pointe shoes. Three full show run throughs… These last three days have taken a lot of effort to plow through, and we are mentally preparing ourselves to be back in the theater Friday night.
This has been our week so far:
One hour we are drowning in the lake of countless other swans, and the next, we are royally waltzing across the courtroom to greet Princess Aurora. Then, we face an immediate tempo change to rehearse our guest choreographed modern pieces. Every now and then, we are given spare time in an open studio to practice understudied roles or to go over choreography that occasionally slips the brain.
*We have one day left in the studio… Am I the only one who finds that insane?
Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, a new contemporary work by a guest choreographer, as well as trying to recall our modern piece from the previous season (originally set for the college project) has definitely kept us incredibly busy this past week! Now that our long Christmas break is approaching, we are rehearsing long hours to try and put our shows together on time. We will be back onstage very shortly after we return!
*Speaking of Sleeping Beauty, I don’t think that I have revealed the casting yet. I am very pleased to announce that a very good friend of mine will be dancing as Aurora in this magical February production! I am so excited to watch her perform this role and shine her talent under that spotlight. I received the Canary Fairy, peasant corps de ballet, and waltz corps de ballet. There is so much to do, but I am super excited to see this ballet come together. I think that it is going to be a great show!
As of right now, I think I am going to sit back and enjoy this weekend… Where is my hot chocolate and fuzzy blanket? 🙂 The countdown to Christmas has finally begun.
I was literally “on my toes” this past week, as rehearsals and school crammed my schedule FULL. From a NYC Ballet choreographer setting a piece, 8 hours of rehearsals today, and doubled up schoolwork resulting from Hurricane Irma, this week was pure madness. Even now, I am staring at my half-sewn pair of pointe shoes that have been sitting on my dresser for two weeks now… Please forgive my frequent inactivity on Maysa Rose! It gets hard when I don’t have much time during the day, because it comes down to order-of-importance. As much as I love my blog, it isn’t on my MUST list. I hope that you all are doing amazing, and I am looking forward to reading your posts. I appreciate that you all have stuck with me through all of these times of silence, and it means so much that you all are continuously supportive and understanding through it all.
*High School Homecoming is getting close!! (October 7th). I am going dress shopping tomorrow, so I will post my dress if I find a good one. It may be a process…. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!
Thank you so much International Ballet Intensive for everything that you have taught me and helped me with throughout these past few weeks. I have learned so much, and I can not even begin to explain how appreciative I am. For those of you who have not attended to IBI, I strongly recommend this intensive to be on your audition list next year… I got so much out of the training, and I am so lucky to have met five guest instructors from all across the world. THANK YOU INTERNATIONAL BALLET INTENSIVE! 🙂
*Photo taken of me warming up before class