Dear Members of the audience,
Although I am far away in the USA, I have had the pleasure of working with the Cherie Ballet on this performance of "Great Galloping Gottschalk". Contemporary choreography helps young, upcoming dancers learn to move in new ways and prepares them to do other styles. Getting to meet the choreographer and learn about the origin of the work is even better. Artistic Director, Kotoe Haruta, is a pioneer in Japan. She has reached out to me and made a partnership instead of copying from an old video as many others do.
If I were there, I would adapt the choreography for the smaller number of dancers ("Gottschalk" was created for a large number) and I would adapt the choreography to these talented young dancers who are just getting their wings. Since, I cannot, the task is being carried out by Ms. Haruta and ballet master, Dai Sasaki, who is supervising the ballet. Many thanks for their long hours!
"Great Galloping Gottschalk" was created to celebrate the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. a mixed-race American pianist who was a "rock star" in the Civil War era. He wrote to appeal to simple human emotions, most notably joy. I am proud to participate in Ms. Haruta's effort to educate and enrich her students and her public.
Best of luck, Cherie Ballet! Lynne Taylor-Corbett