Assistant to Alejandro Cerrudo
COMPANY: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
WORK: Extremely Close
NUMBER OF DANCERS: 8
These notes were for my first official assistantship. I
was setting the piece on a company in Madrid, and I
was traveling with Alejandro. I’d performed the piece
already, so I knew the movement phrases, but there
are also three walls that are crucial to the work.
Various dancers move the walls throughout each section, and keeping track of which dancer is behind which
wall can get pretty complex. So I had multiple notebook sections: one
for the walls, and another for each dancer’s choreography—those I
wrote in Spanish. Typically it’s just key words, like “arabesque, left
leg,” rather than each individual step in a phrase.
We show dancers learning the piece videos of the work, but
it’s impossible to see the behind-the-wall goings on. That’s where
the notes come in. I drew squares in pencil to represent the three
walls. The red dots are the walls’ trajectory, and the blue squares
are their final position at the end of each section. Each square is
numbered, which corresponds to the number on the back of the
actual wall—some have bars at various heights on the back sides
for specific choreography, so they have to be numbered.
I also made sure to write what’s going on in terms of the
choreography. For instance, “Andrew and Jessica’s duet,” or
“Alice’s Solo.” Alice’s Solo happens in front of wall #2, but since
all the walls move during that specific section, it’s helpful to
have everything recorded to avoid collisions.
Hubbard Street’s Andrew Murdock, Garrett Patrick Anderson and David
Schultz in Extremely Close
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Kellie Epperheimer and Garrett Patrick Anderson
in Alejandro Cerrudo’s