Our VIEWPOINTS series let’s you hear directly from our dancers as they blog about the process and experience of working with Broadway Dance Lab. First up, KORY GELLER. Kory earned his B.F.A in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21). Theatrical credits include Mary Poppins (Ogunquit Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre) and A Chorus Line (Fulton Theatre).
And we’re off! After a month of excitedly telling people that I would soon be starting “this cool dance company called Broadway Dance Lab” the day has finally arrived! Being a part of BDL is such an honor, and extremely rewarding to my dancer self. To be in a room each day where I get to create and express myself through movement satisfies my artistic appetite like nothing else! And it is so fulfilling to be surrounded by people who feel the same way. Not only are the other dancers incredibly talented, they are equally excited about this process. We are already one big, happy, SWEATY family.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Josh Prince before in BDL Cycle 2, so I feel very lucky to be back in the room with him. It is nice to collaborate with someone whose style and process are familiar. I feel comfortable with and attune to his creative wave lengths.
The most liberating thing about BDL is that there is no right answer, no specific thing that MUST be created. We have the liberty to take an hour to work on one count of eight, which may or may not end up ultimately leading anywhere. For me, this process is never tedious, but rather a chance to explore multiple options and discover what works best.
Even thought it’s only been one week, it feels like all of us have been creating together forever. There were no first day jitters, no shyness, and we certainly didn’t start slow or small. We dove into the work right away. I love this as it doesn’t leave room for any trepidation. We go for it no matter what the task is. In addition to working with Josh, we have worked with the wonderful Geoffrey Goldberg and we have many more exciting residencies still to come. All of us dancers thrive on being the vessels for different choreographers to investigate and express their ideas and we all love diving into different styles. It’s a beautiful, symbiotic relationship that occurs in the room between the dancers and choreographers.
Now that I’ve gushed about how amazing this experience is, let me be clear that it is not all fun and games. It definitely has its challenges. It is physically demanding, there is difficulty in retaining the steps and counts, and sometimes it is hard to fully understand the choreographer’s full vision. But that’s why we’re in the room: to challenge ourselves! Sure, we may not know what the outcome will be, but predictability can be boring. And one thing BDL is NOT is boring. So we jump into the unknown and as long as we plie when we land, we can achieve our goals.
Gotta go dance!