(Photo by Candice DeTore)
Starting October 1, the ballet community will have a new and intriguing web series to watch. Barry Kerollis—a former dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet, and a current freelancer—is piloting Core-ography, a project that combines choreography and interviews. Kerollis' intention is to film and speak with ballet dancers about some of their most significant life challenges, and then spend a week with each one, developing choreography that reflects their personal story. The list includes Bridgett Zehr (former English National Ballet principal), Brooklyn Mack (Washington Ballet), Cervilio Amador (Cincinnati Ballet principal), John Lam (Boston Ballet principal), Maria Chapman (Pacific Northwest Ballet principal), Andrew Brader (Complexions), Kiara Felder (Atlanta Ballet) and four more dancers, to be determined.
The first episode, featuring Pennsylvania Ballet principal Lauren Fadeley, will premiere on October 1. Given the project's premise, I'm excited to see the unique movement that Kerollis will create on each dancer to reflect his or her singular life story. If all goes well, Kerollis may end up with a goldmine of choreographic ideas.