First update of the season! The company is well into rehearsals for the 2016/2017 season. It is hard to believe this is already my third season. We are setting George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 composed by Mozart. Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 premiered in 1956 in Connecticut. The ballet consists of five principal women, three principal men, and eight corps women. Rehearsals are also under way for Jerome Robbin's Glass Pieces which opens in January for Program II. Philip Glass musically inspires us in this work by Robbins. I am looking forward to the performances especially since it will be my first Robbins piece in my career.
FYI: During this point of the season, we spend our time rehearsing for our opening performances in late October. Giselle is the first to arrive and runs through mid November.
As promised, I will be sharing stories from my summer. This year, I decided to travel more than normal. Amsterdam was my first stop. In May, I met my friend in Amsterdam. She has been dancing with Het National Ballet for seven years now. I was fortunate enough to take a couple classes with the company for fun. When I was growing up, I had always heard about dance in Europe, but have not had the chance to experience it. I met many of the dancers and had the chance to watch rehearsals as well. This was thrilling. We also traveled outside of Amsterdam to see other sections of Holland. One stop we made was to the Keukenhof. Just to give you an idea of the gardens..check out the photos I added. The gardens show you multiple forms of tulips. Fortunately, the tulips were in full bloom when I was visiting. The other photos are from my visit to the ballet and around the neighborhood. It was an incredible experience that I hope to relive again in my lifetime.