This is ChoreoNova's first publicly-released dance film, “Anticipation.” The work is a dance solo about a woman dressing for a first date. She may possibly become involved with this stranger, including all the risk that might entail. This stranger could be merely a one-time or casual acquaintance or become a good friend, the love of her life, or a betrayer of her trust. She really does not know what to expect. So, while getting ready, she vacillates between excitedly picking out just the right outfit and experiencing bouts of anxiety. In the end, she calms herself and bravely heads out to face the great unknown.
The composition also represents significant choreographic distinctions. Featuring a mix of natural movement, samba, ballet, modern, jazz, and Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts), this work showcases our truly contemporary style of dance to Afro-Caribbean rhythms. For choreographing, I have gravitated toward beautiful, melodic music. But the Villa-Lobos music is special in that it is both rhythmic and melodic. That has opened up a whole new set of movement possibilities to explore. I have choreographed numerous works involving ballet, modern, jazz, and ballroom to melodious instrumental music. These past productions all displayed a fairly static body line, with at most the occasional pulse or shift of an isolated body part. Now those shifts and single pulses have evolved into continuous motion more akin to that of a vibrating string.
Production Direction and Choreography
“Bacchianas Brasilieras, No. 5, Aria” by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Edward DeArmitt and Madina Artikova
Davida Rae and Rona Sayetta
Lang General Construction
Filmed on location at Southside Traveler’s Rest
Copyright 2014 ChoreoNova, Inc.
Special Thanks to:
Paul and Mary Beth Kletter
Southside Traveler’s Rest
Green Gears Pedicabs
City Theatre Company