Hi everyone sorry to be out of touch for these last few weeks.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and working on some new and exciting projects. I feel bad that I have neglected my Blog. One of the problems with my profession is that 40% of the work you do on a project is the preparation. Once an organization has decided to produce a work, there are hours spent on the “Prep” long before you ever work into a studio to create the work. This is the area that absolutely must be done to make it successful. It is also the most time consuming and uninteresting part of how we create Ballet Productions in the United States. How we get from point A to point B is really insane. The closest analogy is the film business. The big difference between Ballet and the Film business is of course money. A bad movie can still make money there is always foreign distribution, cable and video sales.
Live performances of Ballet are a whole different creature. Painters can sell lithographs; Composers can sell DVD’s, Writer sell books. We have only a live performance to sell. A performance that is over in the blink of an eye, the audience can’t take it home and hang it on the wall. Thee is no re-broadcast, no slow motion re-play. We like live theatre are asking people to view us in the moment. When done well it is one of the greatest things in the world. But to get there is never an easy road.
The Traveling Ballet Master