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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Good Morning!

It's been a busy month and we’re already approaching October (that much closer to Giselle!). Just a week ago TWB was hosting the amazing and alluring choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. During her brief stay with us, she worked intensely with our Company dancers on her new piece, PRISM. Enjoy this insight below into Annabelle’s soon-to-be world premiere which will be featured in our production of The Jazz/Blues Project, January 29--February 2, 2014 at the Harman Center.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (right) in studio with TWB Company dancers

It’s been three weeks since I’ve started my new work for The Washington Ballet and I’m so excited to see the work come to life on one of my favorite compositions: Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert. It will probably ring a bell to many jazz-lovers as being an iconic album that has sold millions of copies since 1975. I’m so happy to share this music (which I’ve known for twenty years now) with the fans and also with the ones who will discover it for the first time.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in studio with Luis R. Torres and Kateryna Derechnya

For this creation I’ve been focusing on how to honor this mesmerizing music, and as I got to know the music better every day, I feel that there should be more room for stillness, room for the music to be, for the moment to happen, for an image to appear and sustain.... ‘Stillness’, a strange choice of words in a world of movement.

Costume design by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; Luis R. Torres and Kateryna Derechnya rehearsing PRISM

The costumes that I’ve designed myself for the piece have also been a work-in-progress these three weeks. I’m passing by Monica’s [Monica Leland, TWB’s Wardrobe Supervisor] workshop almost every day to talk about details but also about the build-up from stillness to celebration. How can we translate and achieve this in costumes?

Creation is a continuous progress of ideas, until D-day arrives.... at the end of January 2014.

Thanks for sharing your vision of PRISM Annabelle! Looking forward to 2014.

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