The dancers were running around, leaping, and writhing on the floor. They each had words written on their body. I could make out most of them, but there was one blond fellow whose left calf had a word on it that I couldn’t discern, but I was fairly certain that it said “breakfast.” I had two questions. Why would he write breakfast on his leg, and how do you choreograph a dance?
Words on legs aside, there was some really complicated stuff going on, at least from what my non-balletic eyes could see. And it was mostly in unison.
I have a sister-in-law who was dancing that night in a piece she had choreographed, so I was taking in a rare night at the ballet.
I saw some strange things, and not all of them were my imagination. For instance, during a piece in which everyone was wearing crepe paper and dancing while a slideshow of Google-Images-Gone-Mad played in the background while trash hung from the ceiling. At first I thought all of the pieces of paper in the air were supposed to be silhouettes of seahorses. But they were just random.
I saw a man battling the demons of heroin on top of a table. The demons were very cute and had very smudged mascara.
I saw women who must have weighed less than 80 pounds performing incredible feats of strength. And one of them had a man hiding under her skirt, who occasionally leaped out and danced before retreating.
I saw very tight tights.
I saw an eyeball that was on fire superimposed over that Chinese guy standing in front of the tank at Tiananmen Square, while everyone on the floor screamed. Then they got up and pantomimed eating the Last Supper.
The best part of the night? There was a Nick Cave song for my sister-in-law’s piece, “Supernatural.” But I had fun overall. It was very different than what I am used to.
but seriously, for any of you with dance experience? How in the world do these things get choreographed? It looks so incredibly complicated, and some of the pieces were longer than 10 minutes. I know it wasn’t all just freestyle because there was so much dancing in unison.
1. How does the choreographer memorize it? Do they generally write it down?
2. How do they teach something so lengthy and complex to so many people?
I’m very curious about this, please chime in if you know.
Oh, and it said “bowlegged” on his leg, which wasn’t nearly as funny as “breakfast.”