Watching "Toy Box" begin to come together has been an absolutely fascinating experience. In a rehearsal room, I'm used to being the dancer or the choreographer, the creator or the created-upon. These days, I'm more observer. That's not to say, of course, that I don't ever participate, I do, but it's more tangentially than usual--I'll spot a lift, suggest a solution, annotate a score. I'm not an active participant in the same way that I am when I'm choreographing or dancing.
But this kind of distance has really allowed me to see this project from many angles--perhaps more so than I could have as either dancer or choreographer. Because Rebecca has assigned each of the students to create some of the choreographic material and vocabulary, the rehearsal room is always bustling with creative energy and insight that I get to watch happen. I'm beginning to see how the lizard dance will morph into the ballerina dance into the policeman dance.