Updated: May 7, 2020
Hello Everyone, we are two full weeks into the season and this is what I have been up to...
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We have just finished our 2nd full week at the SemperOper Ballett. So far we have covered rehearsals for Manon, a ballet by Kenneth Macmillan which premiered in 1974 at the Royal Ballet. It tells a tragic story of love at first sight, money, sex, drinking, gambling and heartbreak – it’s choc-a-block. I was lucky enough to learn this ballet back at the Romanian National Ballet but unfortunately due to injury I had to duck out before it got to the stage. So it’s been great to return to it, developing what I learnt, learning new roles and to see a whole new cast of inspirational artists approaching it in different ways. It’s great fun to be a part of as a dancer as every role demands acting contrary to the norm of a classic story ballet. We have all attended costume fittings and as our first performance is on September 4th we start our stage rehearsals next week.
The new dancers attended a week of seminars with Body Awareness Coach Boglarka Siimon-Hatala, advising us on all things health, from injury prevention and rehabilitation with insightful techniques for stretching and alignment issues. The company are lucky enough to have a team of four specialists for our maintenance and wellbeing so we are very well looked after!
I attended an open pilates in the park at the Japanese Palace gardens with ex Principal Dancer Marco Boschetti. He is an inspiring man with so much to offer and I look forward to continuing to work with him on a one-to-one basis. Here with Coryphee Joseph Gray.
We had our photoshoots for this seasons campaign, I was with Mariavittoria Muscettola and Rodrigo Pinto. These will be released soon to advertise this seasons work.
This week we also began rehearsals again for Balanchine’s Symphony in C. A ballet we premiered at the end of last season as part of a triple bill alongside works of Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe. It is a highly technically demanding ballet requiring clinical tendus and sharp battery work, all with an upper body with grace and ease. Quite demanding on the body, I have had my TENS machine out already this week to relieve my lower legs from knots and the blisters have been creeping in in abundance. All part of the job description! I have gone through 4 new pairs of shoes this week, Symphony in C really takes its toll on them.
In other news, we were treated by the SemperOper Ballett Freund’s to a private tour of Dresden Castle, a historical piece of Dresden’s architecture recently restored into a museum and a wonderful meal at Tapas Barcelona. We are so lucky as dancers to have the Ballett Freund’s so involved with us and continue to be very grateful for their support.
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