Sometimes many things seem to be happening all at once. As events follow each other in a tumble, eventually there is no choice but to give in and go along with the momentum of the situation. The same principle applies when translated into dance.
The coming together and undoing of Spartacus had me so swamped up in emotions, that words completely left me for a little while. Existing in the twilight of theatre hours, circling corridors between the dressing room, makeup department and backstage, all actions and thoughts were aimed at those stage-light flooded moments.
Last June, just before the summer holidays, we began the massive project of learning the ballet Spartacus by Yuri Grigorovich. Two assistants of the famous Russian choreographer arrived at our studios to teach the first steps of this nearly 3 hours long tour de force.
After celebrating Christmas on stage in our production of The Nutcracker, every day of the last workweek of 2016, we were ready to start a ten day holiday on Christmas Eve. Throughout the day Antwerp Central station and Brussels airport saw many tired but happy dancers board trains and planes with the destination “rest and recuperation”.
In the 1988 classic film 'The Dead Pool', the final film of the Dirty Harry series, we live vicariously through the iconic lines delivered by Clint Eastwood. For instance, when Harry Callahan (Eastwood) flatly replies to a colleague: 'Well opinions are like assholes. Everyone's got one.'