Today's article in Hong Kong newspaper Tai Kung Pao:
Yesterday I did my first show of Herman Schmerman. During the last stage rehearsals, I felt more and more confident in doing this nice ballet. And I realized how a calm mindset helps me to perform better. Thinking of "marking" the choreography actually allows me to dance bigger and better.
I was used to learning the steps at the back of the studio. This is a first time for me to have actually rehearsed the ballet and had a few stage rehearsals before performing on stage. What a privilege! I felt well prepared and was excited to perform on the stage of Palais Garnier, until yesterday.
When the time finally comes and on the day of my first casted performance, the nervousness comes naturally. There's always this desire to please and to impress others. It was a matinee show, and I knew that Herman Schmerman will only start at around 4pm. The feeling of being nervous and tensed up was familiar. After all, I had a solo to do on this HUGE raked stage. It is funny how it feels different from a stage rehearsal, yet it's the same stage, same lightings, same costumes, same atmosphere. I kept reminding myself to just do my work, to dance freely and to keep a calm mindset while dancing.
I end up feeling satisfied with my first performance. Indeed, it felt very differently than in stage rehearsals. Unconsciously, I put much more energy into the movements which made it more challenging for my stamina to finish the ballet. Once the show is over, a feeling of satisfaction filled me up.
A few hours later, on the same stage, the Paris Opera held "Gala Yvette Chauviré", a tribute to this beautiful and legendary dancer. The company did the famous "défilé du corps de ballet" on this occasion. I stayed after to watch the rest of the gala including: Grand Pas Classique, Les Mirages, Les Deux Pigeons, La mort du Cygne, and Suite en blanc.
It was an intense day yesterday, physically and emotionally. I ended up loving my profession in ballet even more than a day ago.
Chun Wing LAM
Have been busy, long time no post, here's a bit of me in Herman Schmerman stage run.
Since my last blog post, I have been to Bulle in Switzerland for a gala. Once again I enjoyed talking to the other dancers very much. However, I was not quite satisfied with my performance on that day.......
Last Friday, I went to see this year's Gala des Ecoles du XXIe siecle (21st Century's ballet schools gala). The biggest schools were invited to perform on the stage of Palais Garnier together with the Paris Opera Ballet School. Among the invited schools, there were: Vaganova school, Royal Ballet School, San Francisco ballet school, Hamburg ballet school, Stuttgart ballet school, Royal Danish ballet school, Canada National ballet school.... (I hope I didn't forget any!) What a show! We could admire the incredible level of the ballet students from all around the world and the different styles of each school. It was a very exceptional showcase and ended with a majestuous Defile des Ecoles. (Parade)
The Forsythe ballet Herman Schmerman that I have been working on is starting this Saturday. Yesterday we did our first stage rehearsal, and it is indeed a very difficult ballet! Surprise! I am on the castings! How unbelievable...... I never thought that I would ever see my name on a casting list since a long time. For the moment, I will be performing in the role of Maurice in Forsythe's Herman Schmerman in the mixed-bill Cunningham/Forsythe on 22nd April, 30th April and 13th May. It is very technically demanding so I felt more nervous than happy when I learnt the news yesterday morning. I am of course very grateful for those (or probably the one) who believe in me for this production. I hope that I will not disappoint anyone and enjoy my moment on Palais Garnier's lengendary stage.