Last fall, when BalletMet Columbus artistic director Gerard Charles first discussed with The Beat the company's collaboration with Shadowbox Live on the program 7 Deadly Sins - which opens tomorrow night -- he was both frustrated and happy to wait until spring to see it performed.
Last fall, when BalletMet Columbus artistic director Gerard Charles first discussed with The Beat the company's collaboration with Shadowbox Live on the program 7 Deadly Sins -- which opens tomorrow night -- he was both frustrated and happy to wait until spring to see it performed.
Frustrated, because he hated the idea of having to wait until spring to see the finished product, which he called "the piece I'm most excited about."
Happy, because although the dances were just beginning to come together, he was glad for the extra time because, given the nature of the project, there was much work left to be done.
"It's fascinating," he said. "We have seven different approaches (even though James Kudelka choreographed two of the segments), and each piece has got a very clear statement," he said. "It speaks that life is not just experienced on one level. There are some very humorous moments, but very emotional ones, too. One piece in particular I'm very shocked about.
"The Shadowbox music is the anchor, and because of the different style of music for the choreographers, some of the pieces are a little more physical," he added.
Shadowbox producer Steve Guyer has spearheaded the composition of original music that the troupe's house band will perform on stage for the show.
"It's been an evolution and we've learned a lot," he explained. "We started with music that fit our concepts and worked through getting feedback from the choreographers, to learn what their needs were. There was a huge learning curve but at the end of the day, we will have given every ounce of energy we can give."
For more on 7 Deadly Sins, including more from Charles and Guyer as well as quotes from Envy choreographer Amy Seiwart, read the BeatBlog.