I’m blogging from my dressing room before getting ready to go on stage. After all the preparation, The Lottery is finally here! I thought the ballet came together really well as I watched the dress rehearsal last night. One thing that is cool about the ballet is that as the audience watches in anticipation for who will draw the mark, so do all the dancers back stage who aren’t in The Lottery that show. We all cheer on the dancer who is about to be stoned to death because the stamina heavy solo you have to dance makes you feel like you’re actually going to die by the end of it. The ballet is beautiful and creepy and intense and emotional … Val Caniparoli hit this one right on the mark (get it? “the mark”). The Lottery is getting a lot of attention because it is a world premiere but the ballet is paired with Helen Pickett’s, But Never Doubt I Love; and Nicolo Fonte’s, Bolero – both really nice ballets. This is a great way to start off the season with an entertaining triple bill. I took some pictures from the last couple tech and dress rehearsals on stage.
I should have captioned that picture, “Owen Gaj is about to die” because it rhymes … and it’s true, look at their faces!