Today we had our first chance to perform what we’ve learned of the “Torelli” for the public. We were invited to perform it as a work-in-progress at IU’s First Thursdays, a monthly event showcasing IU’s various arts and cultural projects. Five of us were able to participate in the performance, and we were really excited to show people what we had been doing in class. As all dance and theater people know, things often don’t come together until the very last second. The forecast was for rain, and the venue was outdoors. Even the tech rehearsal got canceled the day before the performance. We were just going with the flow, and preparing as best we could.
The day of the performance, we were given space in a studio where dance majors regularly have classes and performances. I arrived an hour early to warm up and meet with Shawn, Shannon, and the other performers. We decided to do a couple of diagonals across the floor from our class exercises and then show phrases 8, 6, and 4. Because of the venue change, everyone was curious to see if we would have an audience. When there were 5 minutes until show time and no one was there, we were worried we would be performing to no one. Thankfully, right before the show started, we had a decent-sized crowd fill the seats. One of the audience members had even seen Twyla’s most recent show in New York!
The performance itself went smoothly. Even those who missed our rehearsal before the show were able to pick up and follow along. It felt like what we were doing was really well received, too. There is no more rewarding a feeling than when people appreciate something that you have put a lot of time into. We’ve all been working hard in the class, so it was nice to have confirmation that what we are doing is worthwhile.