Whim W’him rehearsals began last June on a few days notice for Lara Seefeldt.
The piece was CRAVE, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa‘s second premiere for the company.
And Lara found the experience a real challenge.
After our initial conversation, when I asked her in an email for three words she thought would best describe her, as a person and a dancer, Lara wrote,“There are really only two adjectives that I can think of that aptly describe me, and those would be focused and reserved. Though with my lack of ability to keep things on track lately they probably should be forgetful and mindless!” To that I would also add “honest.” As Lara had said that afternoon I first met her in a coffeeshop, “I was coming from a different place. The ‘Mom Brain’ is very real. The first week of reharsals were really intimidating. I was never the dancer who could pick up steps easily.” She paused and reiterated in her matter-of-fact way, “The first week was very hard, frustrating, disappointing.”
As a member of the cast of CRAVE, Lara’s unspoken task was to become an organic part of a Whim W’Him collective who had already been dancing together for some time.
“It is intimidating coming into not only a new piece with a choreographer that you have never worked with, but also as the new person in the group,” she remarks with her refreshing candor. “Though I had worked with Tory