On Saturday, April 9th Ballaro Dance opened its doors to curious dance lovers, both old and new friends of Ballaro Dance. It was a wonderful afternoon focused on the development of Helen, the newest work about choreographer Marisa f. Ballaro's maternal grandmother. The piece, to be premiered at Sounds In Space in July, will be performed with live accompaniment by composer David Schanzer. Schanzer and Ballaro are collaborating on all works featured in the evening concert.
What a spectacular place to be in -- the creative process -- while the dance is built, developed, changed; you hear laughter, frustration, success, and a beautiful synthesis of ideas between the choreographer, the dancers, and the composer.
One audience member said, "We truly enjoyed watching the open rehearsal. The creative process is so interesting and we were so impressed with the choreographer, the dancers and the musician. Loved seeing it! Thanks for opening your doors and letting people see it all. It does make me want to see the finished product. Hopefully we will be able to come in July."
Ballaro Dance will host more Open Rehearsals in the future where you can SEE into the creative process and be a part of the exciting development!
Photos: Danny Fernandez
Ballaro Dance is a New York City based modern dance company performing the work of Marisa f. Ballaro.
The dance is about physical space, music, and time. Much of the choreography is fast paced, energetic, and playful, utilizing the dynamics of group versus solo work, with intricate spatial patterning and unison canon phrases used to shape space.