What does it mean to be a stager?
In this capacity, I am Jessica’s assistant. The role of stager has many hats. I learn phrases that have been created and relay those to the dancers. I help clean the dances once created. I offer my opinion when requested. And most notably, I document the entire process so that if the piece is done again, it can be replicated as accurately as possible.
How does dancing in a New Work, like Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee, differ from revisiting an established work in PNB’s repertory?
Dancing in a New Work is an amazing and special feeling as a dancer because you are the originator. There is nothing before you and there is so much freedom.
What is the value of New Works for a company like PNB?
New Works keep an audience engaged and excited about our ever growing art form. Ballet is not only The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, but also new productions that speak to a changing world and an ever changing dancer. From a dancer’s prospective, there is nothing like a New Work to really push you to the next level.
Do you have a favorite New Works experience?
I couldn’t possibly pick just one! The most memorable New Works experiences are solely from working with the choreographer. Finding out how they like to work, what they want to see, how the communicate, and then doing your best to bring their work to life.