No, not this hit from the Pet Shops Boys.
Had the opportunity recently to sit in a rehearsal at balletMet Columbus as choreographer Amy Seiwert works with BalletMet dancers on her portion of the company's season-closing show 7 Deadly Sins. We were also fortunate enough to chat with the talented Seiwert while she was in town, and prepping The Beat's Fall Arts Preview - to run the next two week's in print - got us thinking about this again.
It's always a great opportunity to see a choreographer at work. Because it's such a physical medium and because it's one with which we have little personal experience, watching the creation of this kind of art is something The Beat has always found fascinating.
Anyway, yes, you read that correctly that Seiwert was in town to work on the company's season-closing show - BalletMet won't perform the work - Sweiwert chose Envy - until late April. But such are the vagaries of scheduling choreographers. We asked Sweiwert if she was concerned about setting something that wouldn't be "realized" for several months.
"I'm confident in the fact that the dancers have all the information they need," she said. "And I'm confident in Hisham (Omardien, the ballet master for this piece), because he's very good at what he does."
"What makes it scary is that seasons are long and things happen - life happens. Injuries, pregnancies. You just have to be open and prepared. There may also be some wonderful surprises as well."
Seiwert, a Cincinnati native, was excited to work with BalletMet again - she was among the 30 choreographers who participated in the unique 30x30 season-opener marking the start of the company's 30th anniversary season a couple years back.
"It's an experience I'll never forget," she said. "I was supposed to fly the red-eye out (from her home in San Francisco, where she is choreographer-in-residence at Smiun Ballet) and work on Friday. My connection was delayed and eventually canceled. Fortunately, dancers Adrienne (Benz) and David (Tlaiye) agreed to work on Saturday, but I only had five hours to create and I had only slept five hours total in the last 48."
"I was so tired I had no insecurities. It was a great zone to be in."
However she's not going out of her way to work like that again. "It's unsustainable."
"But I knew BalletMet had strong dancers and the they have experience working actively with choreographers. It's a gift to a choreographer."
Seiwert got to pick her own sin.
"I chose envy because In felt like it would be fun to portray. It has a subtlety to it. I tried to get into the dark uckiness of it. It's an ugly emotion."
So after watching her work and through our brief chat we were pretty sure we liked Seiwert, but her use of "uckiness" cinched it.
So there'll be lots to see between now and then, and make sure to read about it in upcoming editions The Beat, but make sure to pay attention next spring when Seiwert's setting of envy's "dark uckiness" makes it to the BalletMet stage.