BWW Interviews: Sean Kelly Talks About A SWINGIN' HOLIDAY
As an experienced choreographer, what are you bringing to this piece? How has your experience helped you shape this piece (especially since you have a lot of experience in dance outside of ballet)? What are you pulling from for this piece? And what can audiences expect that will make this piece unique?
I believe the mix of my background will influence me in a different way than perhaps some more classically based choreographers. I think Swing dancing is so fun and risky and requires a different technique than most classical dancers are used to. So I'm spending a fair amount of time just on the technique of partnering, lifts and flips. I think the dancers are excited to be stretched and I think you feel that in the rehearsal process so far. I believe working directly with such brilliant people as Twyla Tharp and Peter Darlingin addition to many great classical choreographers will allow me to mix ballet and Broadway in an appealing way.
When Greg and I selected and listened to the music originally I had strong visual images and ideas about the characters that came to mind, so I based the piece on those ideas and have let it develop from there.
What are some more familiar elements audiences can expect?
They will still be seeing attractive, talented, and remarkable dancers, maybe just seeing them move in a new way.
How long is the piece? Is it long enough for everyone to get their holiday fix?
I hope it will be long enough that you feel you have been visually satisfied as well as perhaps having you leave the theater humming tunes or snapping your fingers on the way out.
What's your favorite part of the experience so far?
I enjoy working on Swing movement. The music puts me in a good mood. And the company has been excited which I find infectious and gets me more excited.
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