Vera Performance New York

Absolutely so proud of me dancers last night! Crystal Costa and Guilherme Menezes took their technique and artistry to another level. Their detail and finesse in movement really made an impression on the New Yorkers. They are definitely not shy of speaking to you after the performance with their thoughts. 

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It was really interesting to see all the other pieces coming from different backgrounds. There were 120 applications and through quite a lengthy selection process 6 were chosen for Breaking Glass New York. It did make me realise how very lucky I am to be able to work with such talented dancers who bring my work to another level. English National ballet can be very proud of their dancers in new York!

The audience winner was a New Yorker Claudia Schreier. It was a very dynamic and complex work choreographed on some dancers from ABT. The audience vote however was rather unorganised. We had to vote by texting which none of us internationally could do. There were also pieces of paper going around the audience to cast your vote for those who couldn't with their mobiles. My brother was getting quite frustrated!

But really the part I'm really looking forward to is to meet my mentors. In the morning I had my administrative assessment meeting to match me up with my business mentor. It looks like I'm going to get somebody with many connections who has also done a TedTalk . More to follow on that....

Now off to see more sights in New York, my brother is itching to get going!

Team Vera post performance

Team Vera post performance

Rehearsing Vera on Broadway

Team Vera arrives at Ripley Grier Studios on Broadway for a 2 hour warm up and rehearsal.

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Passing auditions, tap rehearsals and hearing songs from the musical Cabaret - It was just like the movies! - Rather surreal !

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Entering our Studio 16T

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After a successful rehearsal bringing back Vera in New York. The team is ready for tomorrow! 

NEW YORK - Meeting The Breaking Glass Project

After a long day walking around New York yesterday we had the roundtable discussion with the Breaking Glass Team. There were 15 of us including this years selected choreographers, the winner from last year and all the choreographer mentors and administrative mentors who are guiding us on our managing and business skills. It was amazing to hear all their stories from freelancing to creating their own companies their journeys and experiences. The battles they still face, the skills of negotiating! It was really interesting to hear stories from so many different backgrounds. Being a choreographer can be a lonely position and knowing and talking to many different people in the field was really eye opening. The Breaking Glass project has created an amazing platform where we can share everything and ask any questions. We will be assigned two mentors, one administrative mentor who can help us on business skills and one choreographer who can guide us artistically for the coming year. I'm really looking forward to meeting both of mine. More to come......

Today, we have a two hour rehearsal at midday so we can get Vera back to life again for tomorrow's performance. 

 

 

Team Vera has arrived safely in new York! Guilherme has flown in from Sao Paulo in brazil, Crystal Costa from Vancouver in Canada and myself with my brother from Brussels. 

The costumes were thought to be my wedding dress at check in, my brother who is 8 years younger is my dapper fiance apparently. At Customs in new York we were called husband and wife and in the restaurant in the evening we were supposedly on our honeymoon! I did tell him he was suppose to look like my PA but that obviously hasn't worked!