Today we had our first day of rehearsals at 'Indiscourse' in Malmo, Sweden, for our up and coming production of 'Hansel and Gretel'. The space at 'Indiscourse' is beautiful - it's a converted factory warehouse with really high ceilings and white floors - such a fresh environment to create and move in.
We started the day off with a high energy class, taught by our Artistic Director Lee Smikle, full of reggae music and feel good vibes. It was wicked to reconnect as a company after a summer apart and to dance amongst some new faces who have come from Malmo to join the SYD experience.
Later on in the day we moved onto the creation process. We brainstormed ideas for our take on the storyline, discussing and exploring all of the intricate plot details to try and decipher a new, twisted take on the old fairytale. By the end of it my mind was completely fried - so many possibilities! It was mentally exhausting but led us nicely onto the next task on exploring our characters on a much deeper level. We worked on defining our characters intensely.
We decided upon their personality traits, appearance, and past history which we then translated into a unique, personal movement language. It was challenging - it really forced me to try and choreograph movement that was not based upon myself but really embodied my character. I feel that I made slight progress but can still push myself way further out of my comfort zone. I am playing the role of the Witch and decided to focus on the more vulnerable, isolated element of her personality as a contrast to the stereotypical traits we would all assume a witch to have.
When watching everyone share their material, you could see that everyone really immersed and invested themselves within their characters.
I never fail to be completely captivated by everyone in the company , and today was a real step forward for us all in the progression of the piece.