Where it all began: the old studio where the likes of Margot Fonteyn once studied.
After class last night a fellow dance student, Paul from Scotland, said to me "Hey, I'm going to Sadler's Wells to see Hofesh Shechter, want to come?" Hofesh who? I asked.
I know what Sadler's Wells is. It was the home to some of the greatest ballerinas of all time and although the theater is now much more contemporary, I knew I could not pass up an opportunity to see this iconic place.
One train ride and a few Tube tranfers later we arrived at Sadler's Wells and got standing tickets to the dance performance.
The result? It was the most incredible performance I have ever seen. It actually was so powerful I got a little emotional. I can't explain why but it affected (effected?) me in a way nothing else has before. I've seen many dance performances yet nothing has come close to this performance.
The modern theater. It was beautiful!
And the music? There were placed musicians above the dancers. Eight drummers, ten strings, and four electric guitars. Since I was standing I could feel every vibration of the cellists and every beat of the drummers, creating a beautifully visceral experience.
After the performance I saw the choreographer and I wanted to tell him how much I loved the performance. He was young, not much older than me, and I hate to admit it but I kind of chickened out when I saw how many people wanted to talk to him. Blah! Maybe I'll tweet him later.
Have you had any life changing experiences lately?