Hana Sakai arrives today from Tokyo to dance with us for our February performances. This is an old video, but her elegance and deep understanding of the craft is beautifully represented here, as always.
I first danced with Hana in MacMillan’s Manon in 2003 with New National Theater, Tokyo. I was her Des Grieux, it was an amazing experience for me. Then in 2007 I created “Orfeo ed Euridice” for NNTT, and we brought her to Houston to dance the principal duet with me. in 2010 NNTT asked for my “Wolfgang” Hana and Domenico were magic in the duet.
For this DWDT program, Hana will dance that duet with Domenico, “Nessuno”, the work I created for Hubbard Street 2, and I will have the opportunity to create a new work with Hana.
Ideas have ignited….
Here is Hubbard Street 2 performing Nessuno.
I was able to be in Germany for the debut of the work last February with Glenn Edgerton, the director of the main company.
It was received very warmly, with those fantastic European stomps in unison….
I’m looking forward to our Houston debut on February 9-11
Here is Mina and her “Nessuno”
Mina is the end all diva of Italy. Like the Barbara Streisand, Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli rolled into one incredible woman.
Nessuno will close our Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, February 9-11, 2012 Performances.
Nessuno is a work I created for Hubbard Street 2 as part of a choreographic award in December of 2010. This was a great dream come true for me to create a work for Hubbard Street. I grew up in Chicago and trained for a short time at Hubbard Street and at the classical school, Ruth Page. I have always hoped to return “home” to create a work for these dynamic dancers.
The experience was great one and I look forward to sharing it with Houston in the coming weeks!
I have been teaching morning classes at a Ballet Studio in Naples. There was a young Italian student in town, maybe 15 or 16 years old, who is presently training at the Royal Ballet’s upper school. She came to class diligently every morning with that rare wonderful light, eager to learn and grow. This young dancer possess a love that simply oozes from her at every moment, each stepped danced with the natural sense of musicality, opposition and coordination, eyes out and beeming-simultaniously preparing the art of presentation at all times. She is also gifted with the ideal figure and strength to match the spirit. At first I just let her follow along in the class without overwhelming her with too much information about the intricate imagery a serious dancer yearns to understand.
After a week or so I started to give her more personal attention and she shared her struggles with me. For example, we were balancing in a low arabesque from the hip, arms in second, she is very long and thin and feels weak on one ankle, so I spoke to her about energy in opposition and how to push into the floor, up through her head, and all the spirals from the arabesque toe to the opposite shoulder blade, and how that sense of imagination and concentration will serve her. She balanced there for a while, searching to grasp all those details. Then there is was, she became even taller, her ankle stabilized, the top of her supporting leg rotated, then her arabesque leg lengthened and rotated as well, she just stayed.
I share this because her love for her craft was infectious. There is still nothing like assisting a dancer in a path they are clearly committed to. I am grateful for her personal dedication and willingness to learn.
Alex Stoddard - Nebulous (2010)
This is a reblog from a good friend. I think it’s appropriate as we reflect on 2011, say good-bye and enter into 2012 with a slightly more evolved version of ourselves, older and wiser…..
Sending positive wishes to you all in 2012!!
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