Opening the Championships…

"I have never laughed so much in a rehearsal as I did today...".

Well I have just got out of a very hot and much needed bath, after day three of our intensive rehearsal week for Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships Opening Ceremony. We have been working up at Elmhurst School for Dance for the morning sessions and then transferring to Community Hall at the National Indoor Arena, for the afternoon sessions, with a brief stop in Brindley Place for sandwiches and tea on the grass in the sunshine!  At Community Hall we have been having a lot of ‘fun’ looking at the possibilities of how we utilise the four trampolines that are used in competition, within the opening ceremony.
Rehearsals have taken me back to my teenage years when I used to trampoline three times a week.  I have been oh so tempted to throw health and safety precautions to the wind and get bouncing really high, to see if I can somersault any more and; whilst I erred on the side of caution I couldn’t resist the temptation, during a short break, to have a go at the much enjoyed ‘Swivel Hips’ game.  This of course led to all of the dancers wanting to have a go and I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in a rehearsal as I did today.  However the dancers also had a good laugh at me as I tried to work out the technique of transferring Contemporary Dance to the trampoline and being able to control the bounce !!!!
Yesterday we had worked on developing some very interesting work based on contemporary floor and release based work.  Today the task was to see what could be developed when standing and traveling! It seems as I was working this out, I was very amusing to look at.  It is possible, but it is very hard on the legs as you continually have to do the thing that trampolinists do when they stop the bounce at the end of their routines, you really have to bend at the knee and fold at the hip and when traveling, step out and go as far away from your centre of gravity as possible, so that you get the least amount of impetus for upward movement….
When we managed our newly developed technique, the material that we developed looked both interesting and amusing, for the section of the ceremony this is for, is going to work very well.  Tomorrow we need to consolidate all the work we have developed for both sections one and two of the ceremony, and map out rehearsals for the coming weeks.  Several company members have been hit by a horrible bug this week, but tomorrow we will be back to full numbers and professor Gregory Sporton is visiting rehearsals, to watch the dancers in regard to using them in a performance event that he is directing at the Birmingham Conservatoire, also in November, so the next few months are full on for dna3d.  Watch this space…