Monday, November 14, 2011

Dec 6 2011

Rehearsal SDB Alice:Wonderland. Photographer: Manny Rotenberg. Dancer: Noriko Zaragoza. This is one of my favorite parts of the ballet. It deals with an episode of Alice in Wonderland that is usually glossed over in treatments. Probably because it is so weird. In it a rather ugly Duchess (who has a frog footman) is having an argument with a cook who is tossing pepper everywhere, while a crying baby turns into a pig, and the entire proceeding is being watched over by a grinning Cheshire Cat. Well I made the Duchess into a bit of a glamourous femme fatale (to suit a dancer in the company at the time, Heather Falten) and gave her two beefy cooks. They manipulate her into various odd positions. The pig and the cat remain. All set to a cool piece of music that is in a 7/4 time signature.

Came into work today to work a bit on the mailout for our Spring show. Longtime SDB dancer Noriko Zaragoza (the Cat in the above pic) ran rehearsals today for the lecture demonstration.  Off to teach at Florence Elementary School in a bit.

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