August 25, 2011
I’ve got an afternoon all to myself, sitting on some rocks overlooking the Aegean Sea in Bodrum. The Company is on tour here in Turkey, and our dress rehearsal ended at 12:30AM last night. David Palmer and I stayed back at the amphitheater at Bodrum Castle until close to 3:30AM working on getting the lighting just right for the presentation of our Rock & Roll program. Since it was such a late night, everyone has the day free; resting for tonight’s opening performance. The entire arena is sold out and we’ve already been asked back even before we’ve performed!
This tour is certainly going to be a rocking experience and I’m sure that Turkish audiences will relish the Rock & Roll program.
In addition to our posse of artists, production crew and artistic staff, a group of 30 friends of the ballet have accompanied us—I like to call them our own cheerleading squad—and I spent a couple of delightful days in Istanbul with them before we arrived in Bodrum. It is a magical place with so many layers of culture built upon each other—the juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern is astonishing and beautiful.
For now, I am sitting on rocks looking at the sea, anticipating a great show.