Coordinating rehearsals is a challenge when the choreographer is in The Hague, one of the principle dancers is touring, and the other principle dancer is in Nashville.
After spending a week working on the duet here in Nashville, the three artists sat down at a cafe table in Germantown and flipped through their calendars, trying to pinpoint a time and location to continue rehearsing.
Peter knew he'd be soon moving to the Hague to begin his new position as rehearsal director for NDT 2 and wouldn't be able to get back Stateside before the premiere of the duet in April, and Ana Maria knew she only had a one-week window in September to work with, but even then, she wouldn't be able to travel to Nashville.
So it was decided Banning would fly to New York, she and Ana would rent a studio and rehearse there with Peter's assistant Jenni Berthalot, and at some point Peter would join in via Skype. Done.
We had a plan and soon enough we realized the plan had other benefits outside rehearsal. Namely, traveling to the City will allow time for Banning to meet with LJOVA and Mikael Karlsson, the two musicians collaborating on the score for Banning's new ensemble work, which is scheduled to premiere during our Souvenirs shows at OZ Arts Nashville in April. Mikael is composing the score specifically for LJOVA, who will be here in Nashville to perform it live onstage.
While it takes a tremendous amount of effort to coordinate all these logistics, in the end, the work is merely part of the labor process that produces a new creation.
It's a joy to be part of such an experience.