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January 4, 2002
I'm directing a ballet - simultaneously directing the orchestra and the stage scenery and backdrops. I am also giving direction to the dancers, an experienced group, but this not quite improv, more like choreography a la George Crumb scores: you have a general direction or theme, a key and rhythmic motif or some notes from which you create the real music. I try to keep the dancers moving while timing the set changes and keeping the orchestra in synch - they're obviously playing a Crumb score. We've never rehearsed but we're playing to a live audience full of critics and potential patrons.