Finishing up the last of three Nutcrackers this weekend. Sometimes I think I would rather be doing anything else at this time of year. If you have been doing it as long as I have you almost become numb.
But, the money is good and I use the dancers from my Company as the Guest Artists, which gives them more income and additional chances to perform. So, in some ways Nutcracker is not the worst thing on the planet. It just feels that way sometimes.
Immediately after Christmas we begin work on Gaspar (The Pirate Ballet) and a Reparatory Program that will follow Gaspar down in Tampa, Florida at a University Residency we are doing at Hillsborough Community College.
Very excited to get back to work.
The Reparatory Program will include an excerpt from a new ballet that I have not yet completed the libretto on yet. But will be based on the Life and Work of Salvador Dali. St. Petersburg, Florida has an amazing Salvador Dali Museum and the people there are very interested in something for spring 2013. Dali’s work is brilliant and his life was very complex so I’m just presenting a sketch as an overture of more to come.
I have traveled this road before creating full evening works on the life of Jean Claude Gaugy (Who was discovered by Dali). In the Czech Republic I created a work on the life of Anton Dvorak, to re-open the Opera House that bears his name. And more recently on that troubled but talented American Icon with The Myth and The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe.
Maybe if the Dali Ballet works out Leroy Neiman (He and his wife Janet are supporters of my work) will let me do a ballet about his life and work. I think Leroy is a very important part of the American Art Scene.
I hope you have enjoyed all the Guest Bloggers that I have had of late? I think it is important to hear from all parts of the ballet world.
Also to keep generating excitement about my new Company we have been doing small studio showings every month to help with building an audience. If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like to join us on December 29th . Please visit our website at www.balletfleming.org
Our next big production in Philadelphia will be The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe. Which is slated for March 9th and 10th. It will be our first 3 Performance series and will involve a bigger theatre and the critics here are waiting for my next move. So, I figured something light and fluffy like Edgar Allan Poe should do it
Hope you all are enjoying a great holiday season!
The Traveling Ballet Master/Christopher Fleming