And now for a shameless Obligatory Plug: I am dancing in Opera San Jose’s production of Alma Deutscher’s opera Cinderella. You should come see it if you are in town and are able to procure a ticket. The production values are high, the music is pretty, and the leads are top notch.
It has been a lovely experience that has, sadly, put a crimp in my blogging. I normally prefer not blog about dance, but as this production has completely monopolized my time lately, we must make do with what what we have.
Alma Deutscher, for those of you who have not heard of her, is a musical child prodigy. She has written an opera based upon the Cinderella fairy tale that has been performed in several locations throughout the world, and is now making its North American debut with Opera San Jose. You can read a review of our production here.
I have never danced in an opera before, and am not very knowledgeable about the art form. I will say that opera seems to be a more static experience than, say, musical theater. I assume this is related to the fact that opera singers do not use microphones, and must therefore channel most of their body’s resources towards the creation of sound rather than movement. Or so I suppose. I don’t know. I’m not a singer.
Which is my way of saying that I do very little actual dancing in this production, and function mostly as set dressing. C’est la vie.
Still, I get to wear a pretty dress, a fancy mask, and a downright fabulous wig, while rubbing elbows with some truly sensational singers, and hanging out with some of my friends. Not a bad day’s work.
So, there you have it. Shameless Plug. You have the rest of the week to see this beautiful production before it disappears into the ether.