For those those of you that have been following my blog from its beginning you might have been wondering why this blog has been rather dormant lately. Well that is because 10 months ago I became a mum to an adorable baby daughter.
So my working life went on pause for a little while.
But this didn’t last too long when my daughter was just three months old I started working on notation scores that I needed to write up and clean up from home. Then when when my daughter was only just six months we travelled together to the beautiful town of Copenhagen in Denmark to remount the ballet Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Danish Ballet. As you might imagine I was quite apprehensive travelling with a baby (sorting out all the sleeping, feeding, bathing equipment) getting back in the studio and demonstrating movement, re-learning the choreography, organising care for the baby while i’m working, etc… and wondering “can I still do this?”
I can now say it was an intense period of my life with long days and sleepless nights but also one of the most positive and most rewarding experiences I’ve had. Several factors made this possible:
- having an army of helpers for the baby (husband, mother, cousins, godparents,..),
- working with a great team of stagers (Jackie Barrett, Jason Fowler, Lindsay Fisher) on a ballet I’m very familiar with and that I enjoy teaching
- the Danish company being so understanding, helpful and friendly at all times
- finally having great little baby girl. most of the time she would sleep during rehearsals but not always and on several occasions I took rehearsals with her crawling around my feet or in my arms.
I can truly say the time we had in Denmark was a turning point for my daughter’s development socially and physically. Socially she loved seeing and playing with all the smily faces when we where in the theatre, learnt that meal times are a social occasion and was exposed to so many languages (Danish, Icelandic, Korean, Italian, Dutch,..) from a young age I can only see that as beneficial. Physically when we arrived in Denmark she would be mostly just lying on her back, she learned to roll in the ballet studio (great open space with no obstacles!) and by the time we left (8month 4weeks) she was standing up by herself, clapping her hands and could even walk a short distance holding onto to our hands. But the best of it was the daddy/baby bonding that was created during that time that is invaluable.
More importantly the Royal Danish Ballet have just finished a very successful run of performances. They have really made this production their own, embraced all the challenges it brings and it makes me very happy to have played my part on the journey
Next, I’m heading of to Munich in Germany to set the same ballet of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland at the end of January. They will be premiering this production on the 3rd of April 2017.
And then I’m back full time with The Royal Ballet from end of February to help set Jewels, Diamond section from George Balanchine and then the revival of Strapless of Christopher Wheeldon. All of this has only been possible with the help and support of my director Kevin O’Hare
Diamonds: corps dancers
Diamonds: corps dancers led by Melissa Hamilton and Yuhui Choe
The Royal Ballet dance Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’, December 2013.
see http://www.dancetabs.com, photo – Dave Morgan
By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
With all that has happened I am about to start a short series of post of news of what various Benesh notator have been doing in 2016. I hope that you will find this interesting as well as the variety of what this profession can be.
Anna Trévien, January 2017