BWW Interview: SYTYCD's Gaby Diaz Talks Hitting the Road With Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND Tonight

BWW Interview: SYTYCD's Gaby Diaz Talks Hitting the Road With Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND Tonight

BWW Interview: SYTYCD's Gaby Diaz Talks Hitting the Road With Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND Tonight
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Gaby Diaz, season 12 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, is hitting the road tonight with Emmy Award winner Travis Wall's dance company Shaping Sound. Choreographed by Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance, the brand new show entitled After The Curtain is a mesmerizing dance narrative that is sure to leave audiences speechless. Diaz is performing with the company for the second time, having toured with its previous production last fall (which was, as expected, phenomenal). In the midst of tech week, Diaz was kind enough to speak with us about how surreal this whole experience has been for her.

BroadwayWorld: What is After The Curtain about?

Diaz: "This new show is a fictional story. It follows kind of the story of the director of this show, and it takes you into the behind the scenes of the relationships between the cast members of his show and all the madness and the chaos that goes on backstage. It's definitely more of a dance narrative than a concert dance piece: there's a full story that comes to life on stage."

BWW: From the promotional pictures and videos I've seen, the show looks like it is going to blow audiences away. How have rehearsals been going?

Diaz: "Rehearsals have been amazing. Getting to see the show kind of built from scratch, because this is a new piece of work that we're about to debut, has been really incredible, especially getting to be in the room with a majority of the original cast members."

BWW: How is this new show different than the one you toured with last fall?

Diaz: "This show is a complete original story. I think that the last show that I got to step in for was a show that they had been working on and toured for about five years. I think you can see that all of the choreographer's styles have really developed since then. They've changed and everyone has grown up and I think you really see that in this show."

BWW: You were amazing in last season's show. I still can't even express how much I loved that production! What have been some of your favorite parts of working with Shaping Sound?

Diaz: "Honestly, some of my favorite parts are when I'm not even dancing, but I'm just sitting in the room and watching some of these numbers get created. It's really mind blowing. The amount of ideas that just get tossed around and the creativity flowing through everyone is amazing, and I just get goose bumps sitting and watching."

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Gianluca Russo Gianluca Russo is a writer, performer, and theatre critic based out of New York. Selected writing credits: BroadwayWorld, OnStage, TheatreNerds.com, and The Times Union. He is a creative intern at Julia Quinn Productions and a social media researcher on the acclaimed hip hop musical "iLLA!" He is ecstatic to join the BroadwayWorld team and to draw attention to all the theatre in Upstate and Central New York.
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