Our journey began, trundling along in a bus. Destination- Carterton. Tutus on Tour tradition holding fast, we stopped by the Carterton town sign for a company photo, geared up to create new memories.
Carterton Events Centre! A newly spruced up little theatre and it’s looking absolutely lovely. Dancer bodies stretched out in the hot, sunlit courtyard near the stage, tour was off to a shining start.
With only 2 and half hours to complete class and fit in some spacing rehearsals for the evening show plus other rehearsals of different casts for upcoming shows, it was straight to business. With eight little mirrors to share between 16 dancers and a costume rack acting as a privacy screen between the males and females, Paul Simon’s- Grace Land hummed through my speakers as we all huddled around free mirror space to get ready.
What I enjoyed about this venue was the intimacy of the audience to the stage. You could hear every gasp, whisper and giggle. We were not only performing to the audience, but with them. A close-knit community sharing in the whole experience. Maybe they could hear our huffing and puffing from the stage too.
Now, we head on through Auckland, different casts making their debut! I must admit, I am a little nervous about my upcoming Flower Festival debut. It’s a piece that I have always longed to learn and now I am so excited to have the opportunity to perform it. I know many other dancers are also experiencing similar nervous/excited feelings about their upcoming debuts in other roles. Those famous Fouette turns from Don Quixote coda are spinning round our rehearsals, one of the most challenging movements to master.
As each show draws to a close I can’t wait to get out on stage again! Looking forward to taking on the challenges and delights of this tour.