I always enjoy learning how other creative people's process works, particularly in fields very different from my own. Last week, I attended a 'backstage look' at how New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht imagined and put together his new work, "Sing-Sing-Sing".
One thing I love about dance as an art form is that it is physical - no words, no translation necessary.....just like architecture. You feel it or you don't. Daniel gave us an intimate portrait of how the ideas come together, what was going on in his life at the time, and how the dancers interactions fueled the work. Its funny to imagine that a dance piece meant for an ensemble moving swiftly around the stage was conceived (and rehearsed) in a small NYC studio apartment.
The event was put on by Youth America Grand Prix, which is an organization that provides scholarships and many opportunities for budding dancers. No less than 14 NYCB dancers and hundreds of professional dancers around the world count themselves as YAGP alumni.
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