Highway 57

On Friday, Luther premiered Highway 57, an original dance work by Blake Nellis.

It was really exciting to finally perform the piece we've been working on all semester for an audience - especially after an exhausting tech week! I always think it's really fun to experience the change in a piece once an external source of energy is coming toward it.

We had a performance and talk-back on Friday night (which most of my lovely J-term friends attended!), and then a matinee and evening work on Saturday. I also got to spend a lot of time with the cast outside of performing last weekend, which was great. It has been really nice getting to know a new group of people.

My character in the piece is Serepta Mason (from the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters), and I think her story is so beautiful:

My life’s blossom might have bloomed on all sides
Save for a bitter wind which stunted my petals
On the side of me which you in the village could see.
From the dust I lift a voice of protest:
My flowering side you never saw!
Ye living ones, ye are fools indeed
Who do not know the ways of the wind
And the unseen forces
That govern the processes of life.

I'm excited to embody her three more times this upcoming weekend.

I hope you all have a great week!

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