A peek behind the curtain of Sangre & Arena…
Daniel Pettrow shares some thoughts about working with DanceDrama on vocal and acting elements
” In Anabella’s previous piece, “The Grass is Always Greener”, I primarily worked with the dancers in developing their voices for clarity and strength. I had two intentions in that show: One was to have the audience hear the text in the clearest and simplest way. And the second was to find the most dynamic relationship between the speaking and dancing. In “Sangre y Arena”, we dived into the world of Roman Mithraism, bullfighting, myths, rituals, and sacrifice. It dawned on me early in rehearsals that something new was called for in this work. Something new was required from the dancers (both physically and vocally). In terms of speaking, the dancers needed to find a unique way of approaching the text that was somehow mysterious, ritual-like, and cosmic.
From watching the world that Anabella and the dancers were creating, I sensed that the text didn’t want to “tell a story”. Instead, it appeared that the text needed to live in an ancient realm, an invisible world, a forgotten time. Discovering whether the physical movement was evoking the text or that the text was evoking the movement became the starting point in exploring the vocal life of the dancers. The further we went with this, the text started to transform into something secret-like, a kind of internal ignition. This developed into moving away from actual words and into sounds, breath variations, and utterances – something more related to the cosmic and not the mundane. ” Daniel Pettrow
Daniel Pettrow has been an associate actor with The Wooster Group since 2006. He has performed in HAMLET, WHO’S YOUR DADA?, and VIEUX CARRE. He is also an instructor at The Wooster Group’s “Summer Institute.” Daniel is a frequent collaborator with Bluemouth Inc, having recently presented DANCE MARATHON at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Daniel works closely with French Director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in Bernard Marie Koltes’ BLACK BATTLES WITH DOGS, ROBERTO ZUCCO, and Mark Antony in his current production of JULIUS CAESAR. Daniel directed Marie Darrieussecq’s THE SEA MUSEUM for FIAF’s “Crossing the Line” festival in 2010. The production took place in Brooklyn’s abandoned Atlantic Avenue Tunnel – the oldest subway tunnel in the world. He recently directed “The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino” at The People’s Improv Theater. Film/TV includes: “Good Eats”, “The Cult of Sincerity”, “The Last Adam”, “FightF*ckPray”, “Psychopathia Sexualis”, “Kathy T”, “My Uncle Sidney.” http://danielpettrow.com/