I recently spent 2 weeks at in Antwerp, Belgium. I was visiting 2 very good friends of mine, Garrett and Courtney Anderson, dancers with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. I got to spend some time taking class and watching the company rehearse and perform. Artistic director Kathryn Bennetts is well known among the dance community and she is a very active advocate for dance. It was amazing to see how involved she actually was with her dancers, making sure to teach class and be in the studio coaching as much as possible. The dancers seemed inspired and hard-working, and the over-all working environment seemed positive.
The Batsheva Dance Company’s male cast (Shachar Biniamini, Matan David, Doug Letheren, Ian Robinson, and Tom Weinberger) performing Project 5 is definitely something to see if you have not already had the pleasure and if you have, well, Project 5 is worth seeing again. During a recent engagement at the Joyce Theater, Batsheva showcased alternating casts—a female and male cast—performing Project 5: a collection of pieces of various put together—similar to Decadance (2007)—into an hour-long, enticing buffet of sights, sounds, and, of course, emotions.
1. What is your breakfast of choice?
“Gas-house eggs’ also known as ‘eggs in a hole.’ Bite a hole out of a piece of bread, drop an egg in, and fry over butter. Two every morning.”
2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
“Always allow for a process that slows your mind down while speeds your body up. Whether it be company class or your own personal warm up. Know that you will always give yourself the routine that puts you in the right, peaceful, but engaged, place. This will help dispel nervousness as well as let you reach a more intuitive place with your performance.”
I randomly stumbled upon the “Dancing Inmates” from Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, a maximum security prison in the Philippines, while browsing YouTube today. I feel behind the times, because it’s obvious these inmates are already very popular…but it’s news to me. Maybe I’ve been stuck in my ballet bubble too long.