What does it take to put together a show like MOMENTUM? Dance, percussion, dance, rhythm, live music… did we mention dance?
Mayumana went through an intense, rigorous rehearsal process for their splashy new show, so we asked Eylon Nuphar (of NYC and Israel), Silvia Garcias De Ves (Spain) and Michael Feigenbaum (Switzerland) to divulge the nitty gritty specifics of their rehearsal regimen.
|Street in Old Jaffa, Israel. Photo: RonAlmog|
Once rehearsal started, that was when the really hard work began. Eylon details what the company’s days were like:
Our rehearsal days were split into:Silvia, the rehearsal director, worked hard to build a balanced schedule: “From day one we learned the best way to schedule our intense rehearsals, including warm-up and Pilates classes, vocal lessons, movement and rhythm sessions … we found the balance between the long work days and socializing through barbecues and get-togethers with older cast members.”
1) Things we wanted to teach and/or things we wanted to research and create
2) The maintenance and building of the actors - which included a Pilates class twice a week, classical ballet training twice a week, a few rhythm classes and a few vocal classes. [It also included] treatments and special movement classes directed by cast members themselves, based on their diversity and different backgrounds.
Michael’s take on the rehearsal process is blunt, but perhaps the most inspiring: “The most important aspect of preparing for such a rigorous schedule is making the decision in your head that you’re gonna enjoy every minute of it. All the rest comes naturally as a result of your decision. Feeling perpetually tired, having muscle aches and maintaining the right diet make up only a small part of what it takes to be a professional performer.”
We’re looking forward to an awesome show with this dedicated cast. Look out for them on the street – who knows, instead of laps in the pool, you might see them on a morning run to the New Vic! Hopefully, you’ll see their love of life in person! Here’s a taste: watch the trailer for MOMENTUM here. MOMENTUM performs at The New Victory December 3 - January 2.