Sunday June 30, 2013 - Dancers Laura DiOrio and Anthony Bocconi (above) were rehearsing a duet from Lydia Johnson's IN CONVERSATION down at the Gelsey Kirkland studios today. This ballet, set to music of Philip Glass, was the first work of Lydia's that I became familiar with and it ignited my interest in her choreography. She is reviving it for upcoming performances at the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
IN CONVERSATION is a work for four dancers. Neither Laura nor Anthony have danced it previously and so they were deriving the steps and structure from a video while Lydia was tailoring the nuances to their own particular personalities.
Here are a few more images from the rehearsal:
In addition to IN CONVERSATION, Lydia Johnson Dance will be taking Lydia's exciting new Golijov work NIGHT OF THE FLYING HORSES to Newport later this month.