Tales from 406 – Part 3

May 8, 2015

Well, hello there! Long time no see. You have probably been hibernating just like I have and frankly, I don’t blame you. However, now that spring seems to be sticking around let us rejoice and get back to work. Since we last chatted things are still busy at the studio. It can be a bit crazy, but that’s what makes life at Steps so exciting – you never know what is going to happen.

March and April bought us many new visitors, thanks to groups on spring break and the annual fight for available rental space, otherwise known as the time of year when Youth American Grand Prix is in town.

One of the highlights of spring is that Steps Beyond, the division of Steps that produces the wonderful Artists Talk Series, Performance Labs, and the Steps Repertory Ensemble has been granted a non-profit status, enabling the now named Steps Beyond Foundation to continue expanding their programming and community engagement.

Spring also includes the annual New York season of the Steps Repertory Ensemble, which this year brought three nights of dynamic programming. A particular challenge for the season was to make prop signs for one of the pieces choreographed by Bradley Shelver, the ensemble’s Artistic Director. The piece, entitled Le Monde Est Fini, Pas de Panique, chronicles a band of characters who fear the world is ending. During the piece, various dancers carry signs that one would imagine apocalyptic zealots would carry – my favorite being “Jesus is Coming. Quick! Look Busy.” While they looked wonderful during the performance (if I do say so myself) getting there was slightly more difficult. To make the signs work, you have to take into account various factors of the piece – can the audience read the typeface, is the font a good size, will the audience be able to see the signs in the lighting, etc. It’s a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears in terms of making sure everything is just right. Luckily, it was and thankfully the world did not end. Win win!

After the first night of the Steps Repertory Ensemble’s performances, we held a friend-raiser at Hell’s Kitchen wine bar Medi, which was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to introduce the community to the new Steps Beyond Foundation and their mission. I’d like to leave you with the above photo of my lovely co-workers. I’m in the back, and it looks like I’m sniffing the hair of Diane Grumet, Artistic Director of the Steps Beyond Foundation.

To find out more information and to get involved, visit StepsNYC.com/steps-beyond. And congratulations to the members of the Ensemble! I look forward to seeing great things from them in the near future.

-Caitlin Gillette
Program & Marketing Coordinator

Photo: Aleutian Calabay

Tales from 406 – Part 3