Today I arrived at the rehearsal with the first couple of minutes of sound for the show edited together and eager to get a reaction to it from the cast. I played the sound and then talked through about what was happening on stage during each sound segment. The opening and closing of the piece are always particularly important moments for me and I see them as being crucial opportunities to grab the audience's attention and imagination. I had been working on the idea for the opening of BABY for some time so this was the first time when at last we would be developing the choreography in the studio.
It was better than I imagined when I gave Grace Kemp and Gracie-Jayne Angel two tasks in order to develop the choreography for the opening few minutes. I was really happy with the dancers own input into their instructions and the way they made the roles their own. There is still much work to do on the scene and it will be layered with other things such as the film projection but I am really happy with the way the piece is developing and the talented dancers I am working with.