Production Week for “Kinetic Conversations”!

So, it begins – the week known as “hell week” in the theatre due to the intense nature of getting a show up and running. A dance concert, such as “Kinetic” really starts to come alive in the theatre. So many weeks in the studio, viewing the piece from such a close perspective, makes for many an “aha!” moment when the piece is transformed by the encapsulating frame of the theatre space. So, tonight is the first night I will truly see my work as a complete piece, as the lighting is built cue by cue, look by look. It’s also the time that a choreographer truly “lets go” of the product. Sure, you can fine tune moments here and there, but at this point, the work is now owned by the dancers.  A little bittersweet, sure, but I am happy to let them take over.

For those students who have never been to a dance concert, try to use all of the hints that the choreographer provides for you to help interpret the intent of the work you are seeing. The title, the choice of music, costumes and lighting are the puzzle pieces the choreographer chooses to connect in order to communicate the meaning of the work.

I hope you all enjoy the efforts of all of the choreographers and performers in this year’s performance of “Kinetic Conversations.”  This is a very special concert for my dear friend and colleague Jo Dierdorff and her legacy as “Director of Dance” at Riverside City College.

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4 thoughts on “Production Week for “Kinetic Conversations”!

  1. First, I need to tell you that the song of the dance you choreographed(1st part) got stuck in my head for the whole weekend! I think it was a great to see that performance at the beginning of the show, it brings out a lot of interest and fun, also I think that when you know the story behind something, it´s more interesting and it makes you think or imagine how the person that did the work was feeling at that moment and what was the purpose of it. All the effort you guys make was worth. Thumbs up! 🙂

    • Thanks, Zenhia – so glad you enjoyed my piece. The music is pretty catchy – most of my cast had the same reaction as you did after our first rehearsal – lots of “I kept hearing that song in my head for the rest of the night!” Both pieces of music are by Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers by the way.

  2. My first thoughts on watching the third performance “Surrounding the “Last Rose” gave me the feeling that was in love with the dancers. This showed the true beauty and passion for the woman. The music gave it the perfect mood setting with the dark but yet visible background. Must see it!!!!

  3. Watching your piece at the beginning of the concert that what gave me the excitement of watching the other performances. The movement combining with the music it was very amusing while knowing the purpose of the show I think this particular piece gave all of Jo Dierdorff colleagues last moment of joy together. Rita your piece was a success.

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