By Nicole Woodcock (Chamber Ballet Brockport Dancer)
Chamber Ballet Brockport (CBB), directed by Vanessa VanWormer, is honored to be included in a special production of Stone Soup: A Classic Tale Retold at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY this coming weekend. Stone Soup is part of a larger event at Hochstein called “HOC Loves ROC,” that brings art into the Rochester community.
The world premiere of Stone Soup is this Saturday at 6:30PM at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY and YOU should be there. It is a performance that blends the storytelling aspects of dance, music, and magic, and is sure to please audience members both young and old.
It is our first year as a touring ballet company based out of The College Brockport and we were very excited to hear about this opportunity to share dance. CBB is committed to community outreach and dance literacy, and values opportunities such as this to bring dance to all different kinds of audiences.
Over the last three months I have had the privilege of working under the direction of Brockport MFA candidate, Allison Bohman, for the “Salt and Pepper” portion of this collaborative show. In our first rehearsal, we were assigned a role, either a salt or a pepper. Together with our “spicemates” we came up with a short list of words that we felt described the essence of our seasoning. Using these words, we began to brainstorm some solo material that Allison included alongside the rest of her personal choreography, giving each individual spice a chance to shine.
In our rehearsals, Allison encouraged us to allow our movement to reflect and embody each spice. For example, some moves are light and even like salt, while others are punchy and sassy like pepper. Bringing us back to the bigger concept of our role in the soup as a whole, the swirling, spiraling, and swiveling movements we embody help us to imagine ourselves stirring in the pot. With these elements combined, and special effects performed by Nickle VanWormer, this show is sure to entertain the audience.
Created by Sarah Andreacchi, Hochstein dance department co-chair, Stone Soup is sponsored in part by kidsoutandabout.com. In addition to CBB, the show will feature choreography by several local artists, who are also alumni of The Department of Dance at Brockport, including Sarah Andreacchi, Kathy Diehl and Heather Roffe.
The original score is by Andrew Alden with live music by Nedla String Quartet. Nickle VanWormer is the illusionist and the show includes dancers from all over the Rochester area including One Dance Company, KDiehl Danceworks, Nazareth College Dance Program, and Chamber Ballet Brockport, directed by Vanessa VanWormer.
Tickets are $5/$10 family max and there is a free soup reception with the performers to follow.
We hope to see you there!