Before the pandemic started and our lives moved indoors, I
had begun to work on a new dance, with my collaborators, and
early in the year, Regina Nejman & Company was awarded a
2020 Creative Engagement Grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council https://lmcc.net/ . My collaborators and I were very excited to continue
developing BUBBLE in the studio.
Like everything else,
our rehearsals were put on pause.
Moving through the
anxieties of this moment, the losses and the disruption of
normal life, we learned to be more patient. And the silver
lining: New York became quieter, the air cleaner and waking up
every morning to the sound of birds a new reality!
As we wait to get back
into the studio, we return to our craft as an essential part of
life: dance as healing, self- expression and a "way of being in
your body", it is essential not only for us dancers, but for
those who experience it too. Its power is real. I have been
doing my own ballet class warm-up at home, dancing to songs like
"let the sun shine" and others, as well as my home-based contemporary dance class "avec" Yoga. I can't wait to get back into the studio!
But now it's different. We have to wait, we have to think
differently. Working creatively lifts us up from the chaos of
daily life giving us hope, beauty and support for each other.