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.
I've also had the pleasure of playing with the score. My copy is marked up with numbers and writing: Pilar's annotations about past productions, notes on Prof. Morrison's lectures about the musical games in the score, my notes about how the page numbers correspond to seconds on a CD, Rebecca's notes about what phrase will fit in where and how her narrative arc relates to the music. It's become a sort of archive of all the different influences and ideas that are coalescing into this new creative work.
A 25 minute improvisation on Wednesday provided the impetus for a lot of new material today and I'm so excited to see what the dancers and Rebecca will do with it all. This project is definitely beginning to come together and I'll keep all of you out there posted on its progress!