At a pause in a recent theater rehearsal, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa told Lucien Postlewaite that he transforms once he comes on stage. Laughing, she added, “I’m a studio dancer,” meaning, she explained later, that “I give the same energy in the studio as on stage. In performance, Lucien has more power and intensity. My intensity translates into more focus and calmness.”
In fact, Annabelle, choreographer of this weekend’s Crave and Before After* has not really danced on stage for ten years. Preparing to do this piece, which has such emotional significance and symbolism for her, she realizes again how tough a dancer’s life is. Along with her very full-time choreographic life, she has been working hard on physical strength, flexibility and endurance—and I must say that, fresh back from a holiday in Bali, she looks in top form, both moving and at rest.
In an email to me, Annabelle wrote of Before After: “The piece was created on Edward Sebastian Nichita and myself in 2002. The passing away of Eddy 3 years ago has been the source of inspiration of Cylindrical Shadows.