BROOKE WENDLE is currently directing and choreographing a new show for Holland America Cruise Line entitled Love Opera. She returned to her home state of Texas this summer to choreograph Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Casa Mañana Theater. Brooke directed and choreographed Adam Lambert’s Original High World Tour, which kicked off New Years Eve 2016. She worked as the associate director and specialty act designer for Franco Dragone’s Taboo at the Hard Rock Hotel in Macau, China and was the supervising choreographer for America’s Got Talent for four seasons.
Brooke’s choreography has appeared on Orange Is the New Black, VH1’s Best in Music 2015, American Idol, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015, I Am Cait, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, East Bound and Down on HBO, Dancing with the Stars, and The Carrie Diaries. Other credits include RENT in Shanghai, China, Rebel Bingo (NY and London), NBA Brooklynettes, Adam Lambert’s Glamnation World Tour, Flashdance the Musical (Dance Associate and Coach). Her associate choreography credits include Cirque Du Soleil’s first Broadway venture Paramour, The Donna Summer Project 2016 (Signature Theater NYC),The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Kristen Wiig and directed by Ben Stiller, Gossip Girl on the CW, Rescue Me on FX and Cirque Du Soleil’s Delirium (dance supervisor).
We recently sat down with Brooke, to discuss her process and the ideas she brought with her to BDL. Read a transcript of that conversation below.
BDL: Can you tell us a bit about your performing career and how you found your way into becoming a choreographer?
BW: I knew as young as 7 years old that I wanted to choreograph. My parents made my room into a dance studio with a huge mirror, life size posters of Baryshnikov and Micheal Jackson plus a collection of 45’s. I can remember the first dance I ever made was to Jeffery Osbourne’s “On the Wings of Love”. I was 8. It was emotional.
BDL: What are three words you would use to describe your choreographic style?
BW: Athletic. Stylized. Musical.
BDL: What is your favorite part of the artistic process?
BW: For this process, it was getting to know the dancers and watching how they digested what I was asking them to do.
BDL: Did you bring any specific goals with you for your time with BDL? Any definite projects you wanted to work on or are you just experimenting?
BW: I chronicled the 4 years of fertility treatments that my husband and I are still currently experiencing.
BDL: What has this week taught you?
BW: I was honestly very scared to be so vulnerable and raw with the subject matter. I learned that when you lean into your fear it truly can heal and BDL was the perfect open, supportive environment to do it in. I am forever grateful.