In December, myself and the Bittersuite production team hopped the pond to premiere Bittersuite’s original full scale concert ‘Debussy’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, with a closed rehearsal at The Actors Fund, Brooklyn.
What a whirl wind this was, we recast 25 dancers brining 9 UK cast members over and hos hosted a series of intense rehearsals in hot studio spaces across Manhatten and worked some insanely long days.
In light of Trumps inauguration looming, it felt most poignant delivering this sensory concert to the people of New York in a time where listening, communication, compassion, empathy and occasionally escapism are needed most.
With the aim of bringing the audience closer to the music through a very human, embodied and personal experience, we were delighted by the reactions of our participants. Post show conversations and comments included syneathesic images of music dancing across multicoloured clouds to very emotional responses of what it means to be with other humans, how we can connect regardless of race, gender and orientation and explored the themes of tactility in todays world. A very active response, we were humbled by the conversations ignited by the experience.
To read more on Bittersuite’s New York debut, please read this article on the concert from The Smithsonian.
‘Debussy’ at The Actors Fund, Brooklyn, New York. Photo Copyright of Bittersuite.