As our 50th Year Anniversary here at the Boston Ballet comes to a close, we are busy at work gearing up for our final week of performances to take place in New York City’s illustrious Lincoln Center. While it won’t be the first time I’ve had the honor of performing at the State (David Koch) Theater, this time around will be no less momentous…

For the past few days, our studios have had the humble pleasure of hosting the one and only William Forsythe—a celebrated american choreographer best known for his neoclassical/contemporary works created/staged on companies far and wide. Forsythe’s Second Detail will have it’s New York premiere next Wednesday, June 25th, among José Martinez’s Resonance, and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti in Program One.

While the opportunity to work with (live) legendary choreographers is far and few between, the realities of absorbing first hand visions is no less than a luxury. Forsythe’s demeanor is humble, efficient and honest…qualities reflected eloquently in his genius choreography, and executed three dimensionally through his dancers.

His advice on taking New York City by storm…? “Dance is a dialogue,” he said, “…a conversation that you are having with yourself, your colleagues, with the audience.”

“New York City is a bigger audience…you are experts, talking to experts, about expertise.”

This idea of dance being a conversation resonated strongly with me as I walked home, inspired by the idea that while dance is essentially a wordless experience, it has no less an impact on a watching (listening) audience. We speak with our bodies…our hands, our feet, our expressions…in many ways, the silence is perpetuated by our steps, which in turn bring music to life.

“What are you saying with your hands?…your feet?” Forsythe asked us, “You can’t just go out there and dance it, you have to go out there and LIVE IT.”

sigh. The simplicity of it astounds me.

Among the many responsibilities of being a performer, I think this might be our greatest role: Bringing art to life. “A step well done is not a step, well done,” he continued, “strength and force are not qualities, but they do help you to create a quality in your dancing.”

“Show people why you dance…” he challenged.

Interested in finding out our reasons? Join the {bigger} conversation next week in the City that Never Sleeps…

Boston Ballet pictured with William Forsythe

Boston Ballet pictured with William Forsythe

For details/tickets/videos on both programs featured in our touring repertoire, click here.

Summer’s almost here…Let’s Live a Little ~ p.e.

*William Forsythe’s quotes above have been paraphrased from memory*