The four participating companies of the second New Dance Horizons took the show on the road as we did last year. The tour was pretty different in few ways:
The bus showed up this year !
No one was struck by the black plague (unlike last year)..
There was an on-going poker./card game of some variety happening over the course of several days. At one point during the first day of touring, Dance St Louis Artistic Director Michael Uthoff even sat down and joined the group. I hear that he swept the floor with everyone else’s hands and then promptly went back to being Mr. all-powerful Director.
I spent a good portion of time helping the ladies of Leverage Dance Theater recrumple the white paper used as their snow. After each show, the scraps were recollected in trash bags to be flattened, cleaned of hair and dust and rosin, and rerolled into fresh new snowball shapes. Common Thread director Jennifer Medina tracked down biodegradable paper for our falling snow so we didn’t have to worry so much about conservation.
Someone brought a banjo on the bus. I think it was Michael from St. Louis Ballet.
So that’s how it differed. Some things seem to remain unchanged.
It seems the MADCO dancers are always singing. There was a Disney Medley, Alanis Morisette, I’m pretty sure there was even some SPice Girls in the Mix. I heard them talking about Tracy Chapman at one point, luckily with respect or I would have had to punish them all by singing an a capella version of ‘Fast Car’ in my dulcet tones…which I did in fact, completely lose.
I lost my voice on Wednesday and was all set to try to either read or sleep on the bus ride home. But speaking of music, someone directly behind me had their headphones in and was singing along to music. I was just starting to drift off, when right in my ear…
‘Maaaaa-riaaaa! I just met a girl named…. “
Someone right behind me was busting out West Side Story. Ten points to you if you can guess which of these guys was the Tony in my eardrum.
Was it: A) Michael McGonagal B) Erik Hoffman C) Gregory Tyndall D) Jacob Garrett
Good thing my voice was gone or I would have joined in. I’ve always said I was born to play Office Krupke.
We went to several universities and places of magical learning with our show. Unfortunately, the last stop cancelled the show at the last minute so we didn’t get our last hurrah.
I enjoy seeing the various schools and theaters. I would love to see more, further away from St. Louis. First stop next year… Hogwarts.
wouldn’t that be ideal? And while we’re in the area (somewhere in the UK) I would visit my favorite Matthew Bourne to track down tickets for their tour of Lord of the Flies, choreographed by Olivier nominated Associate Artist Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding. The show will open at the Lowry in Salfod Quays on April 2, 2014.