We’re back!

Cameron Basden
April 1, 2015

A few happenings to note, as we return from Spring Break and prepare for the final push to the end of the year! 

The eighth blackbird collaboration is in full swing with a performance on April 9. Musicians, writers, filmmakers, and dancers are coming together to share the stage with the amazing and edgy professional group that is eighth blackbird! It is a big production with many moving parts. The students have done much of the choreography.

Justin Koertgen has started rehearsals of Paquita excerpts for the spring concert. Paquita is classical technique with a Spanish style and flavor. I always think some of the most pure classical technique can be the most challenging. The students are excited to wear tutus!

Firebird, conceived and staged by Nicola Conraths with assistance from Cameron Basden, is being prepared in another studio. This will be a collaborative performance with the Interlochen orchestra conducted by Carolyn Watson. We are always willing and ready to dance with live music – and the Stravinsky Firebird score cannot be beat. The plot, completely rewritten for this occasion, is based on an old Russian fairytale, depicting the tension between humanity and nature, desire and reality. The dancers will be dancing high above the orchestra on a platform as in moving frescoes. Typical of Interlochen! The performance is on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Corson auditorium.

Julie Kleinerman is working with opera students on choreography and movement for their performances on May 22 and 23 of the Opera Workshop. This is a little different because the students are not dancers – and Julie is challenged to think “outside the box” for what will work for them and the performance. Always a new experience!

Other collaborations and preparations are underway with dance students working on Comparative Arts Projects, the Student Showcase, and the Composers Forum.

Next week, Charthel Arthur begins staging Our Town for three weeks and alumnus, Reid Bartolme, starts working on new choreography for two weeks. Patrick Franz from Idyllwild Arts academy arrives on April 27 to stage his choreography. All in preparation for the spring concert!

The end of the year is full with performances, so start thinking and coordinating times and days to have the opportunity to see what these talented and creative students produce! We look forward to seeing you then!