What’s new in the new year?! We are in rehearsals for Her Holiness, The Winter Dog. A new opera presented by the New Hazlett Theater and Kamratōn, scheduled to premier May 30/31!
In our rehearsals, we combat many things movement based, but for me, the most difficult is fully embodying a certain character or creature....
Our first couple of rehearsals focused on qualities that dogs and cats have - and also the differences. Yes, we are going to be cats and my fellow dancer/just awesome person all around, Jamie, is the Winter Dog.
We spent a majority of time differentiating movement qualities of both animals and creating a combination of movements that match each one. Not going to lie, being a cat is HARD.
Many hours spent crawling... but not just crawling, we were finding the perfect wrist flick, shoulder roll, and back arch. IT TOOK TIME. I, for one, still have a ways to go.
Workshopping different movements helps to bounce ideas off of one another creatively. We had many silly moments in rehearsal experimenting different ways of traveling, pouncing, and sitting. We tried to jump like a cat from all fours and land on all fours and run like a dog where their feet and arms are outstretched at the same time and come together to push off the floor at the same time (near impossible).
For me, the hardest part is believing I am a cat. We will be aiming to perfect these movements in rehearsals until May, so keep in touch and I will update along the way....
PS. Peek below for a preview!
Quote of the Rehearsal: “what’s an otter man?” -Brady Sanders
Have you ever wondered what the inside workings of a dance company looks like? Well wonder no further, you’ve come to the right place! As a company member in a Pittsburgh born modern dance company, Shana Simmons Dance, I’m here to dish all the secrets and as the young ones would say…spill some tea.
Okay okay, this blog will not be a gossip blog but I am going to be touching on a bunch of different topics all related to DANCE! I’ll be including some important “what should I know if I want to pursue a career in dance” information. I know that was a mouthful…
Keep an eye out for upcoming updates of what’s trending in the dance community, training tips and tricks, and product reviews! I will be discussing everything from my take on cross training, rehabilitation when recovering from injuries or also just rehabilitation for recovering after a long rehearsal. Self-care as a professional/aspiring dancer is key!
Also I’ll be including little snippets from rehearsals to allow for a sneak peek into the inside life of a dancer… disclaimer: it’s sort of fun, hard work, but fun. Stay tuned for more awesome things to come……
Quote of the rehearsal:
“It’s easy. You just have to remember what comes next….I guess like in all dance….”
- Shana Simmons