Answered Questions from a discussion with a University Director:
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1. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE?
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2. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION WHEN WORKING WITH DANCERS?
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3. HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE IMPACTING THE NEXT GENERATION?
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4 and half years ago, I showcased a self-choreographed solo (" 5'4" Effervescent Disco") as a 2010 graduate of the Juilliard school of dance. It was for the Graduation concert. Year after year of training and obedience, I strived and aimed to liberate my body/mind from outside sources & instructions - avoiding the constant tendency to match a fixed template. The dancers has always been required to fulfill this form or we felt that we were WRONG.
Little did I know during that time of insecurity and naïveté, that a 3-minute solo would spark & inspire the growth of a profoundly personal 15-minute ballet. in fact, this ballet is happening and premiering now LIVE as I speak. The young dancers of Tulsa Ballet II have brought this concept to a reality and it is EXACTLY how I had dreamt about it. What used to be an insecure yet "effervescent disco" has now morphed to an importance and focus that defines the/MY "Fourth Wall" on many different broad levels: In measurement, in boundaries, in theatrical identity, in relation to performer and audience member and via versa, to presence, to a reminder of humanity, to merely a filter that wipes clean all my prior misconceptions of who I must be or required to be on stage.
I am no scandalous TV entertainer, nor a circus animal act that is taken out of its cage for your little sisters birthday bash, or a family reunion voluntary show-and-tell intermission ambience. NO, we are artists that are very much human beings who relentlessly expose a broad idea beyond physicality and the commercialized form of dancing. It's much more personal than that.
I am blessed to see the fruition of this idea, that stemmed 4 and a half years ago, become an active and well-received ballet for Tulsa Ballet's TBII: 'On Your Radar' performances. I hope to expand this idea further in the near or far future as I know there is more to discover.
#tulsaballet #OnYourRadar #TBII #NorbertDeLaCruziii
In 2nd Grade I wanted to be a First Class Steward... At 5th Grade a Physical Therapist. In middle school they interrogate with "What do you want to be when you grow up little one? Make lots of money!" It was then a plan between being a Pop Star in flashing lights or an Officer of the law...
None of that was pursued...
But I must admit, that the immoral amount of creativity, excitement, and personal fulfillment in choosing a life in the arts is unsurpassed. Not only has dance allowed me to understand my human condition (thus far) and my own independent revolution, but it has liberated me from most cerebral bondage of what the ideals of a "Good Life" should or shouldn't be. But this Life has been and is already Great. Not everyone can admit a passion in lifestyle within their employment. Though, the Rich gets richer and as the Poor get wiser, the Artist will always be awake and alive enough to understand and withstand the differences.
(at home in Los Angeles)
Here's a sneak peak footage from our most recent creation of "FORGOT TO REMEMBER." A very uniquely special and intimate piece for me. Check back soon on the >repertoire> icon to see more photos.!
Choreography by Norbert & Dancers.
Photo by: Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster
Curated by: Jessica Chen / J CHEN PROJECT
Bessie Schonberg's lecture on: 'How to Look at Dance' is filled with insightful reminders. She reminds us of our nature as artists and humans and what psychological protocol and responsibility we can choose to follow both as an audience member or as an artist.
Looking at dance has a lot to do with you filling in a lot of what isn't there or doesn't seem to be there. Depending on what you see... it is up to You of what You find. A lot of how we look at dance has to do with what you bring to it, what you get rom it, and what you do while you're there." - Bessie Schonberg (PillowTalk August 21st, 1986)
Photo by Norbert De La Cruz III
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted, sensitive young pianist who is clearly going places,” 22-year-old Korean pianist Ji-Yong has a compelling musical presence and a career that began when, at ten, he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition, and subsequently played at Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Kurt Masur. A Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ji-Yong makes his debut recitals in New York at Merkin Hall and Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center this season. Ji-Yong has recorded two CDs: Bach Exhibition (Credia) and Lisztomania (Universal Music). Highly regarded in his native Korea, Ji-Yong appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony under Jirí Belohlávek at Korea’s first outdoor classical concert; performed with world-renowned ballerina, Sue Jin Kang and dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet; and has played at the Thailand Cultural Center in the “Great Artists of the World 2012” series. Ji-Yong began playing the piano at age five. At nine, he came to the United States to study at the Music Preparatory Division of Mannes College with Yuri Kim, and later at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He is currently at the Juilliard School, where he works with Choong-Mo Kang
This has been an incredibly special time for me. Every time I'v bowed with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, everything goes in mute... sound is muffled... and the noise blends in with my anxious heart beats - taking it all in at that very moment. I am truly so grateful and must admit that there is some beauty and "luck" in timing and "coincidence" in my personal path. Not to say it's all been luck, yet more so I am so grateful that the amount of time I've spent working and sweating hard, hoping for the best and preparing for all of life's worst has finally provided me this opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas for our public and our community. It's a blessing indeed. To be seen in that way.
The irony of the artistic path is that the course of your journey can drastically change in a drop of a dime, and the challenge we hold as artists given a large responsibility is whether or not we accept and choose to take that path, not knowing what our capabilities can take us, but trusting that we have something special enough worth being seen, even if it is just for a split moment. I've valiantly attempted to dive into each opportunity- with a naiveté, hopeful, fast, and sharp, with hopes to be received well enough to push further and beyond. Whether this be a 15-minute moment of glory, or a start of a lifelong career, all we can really do is focus on what we can genuinely provide next. Fame isn't something we should seek, it defies all our purpose of being artists. In a way we feel a need to vanish from this in order for our artistic imprint to be longed for and sought out for. I dont know. It's something that takes time and experience and I'm still in the midst of configuring out where when I can fit in with this mold. but regardless, Thankfulness and acknowledgement of where we come from is important. Thank you for always supporting and sharing your love. There will be more to come and I hope this ending curtain call is only a beginning to a wonderful artistic journey. Until Then.... <3 N
I don't know how I got here but thank you UNIVERSE, the LOVE, my FAMILY, and FRIENDS, my foundations, for bringing me here.
Today is show day! tonight! ONE NIGHT.
Currently sitting in the massive house of Wolf Trap Filene Center. I have just finished teching my ballet with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. if you are wondering... Of course I'm nervous... Anxious... Excited... Thrilled... Blessed... Honored... Grateful... It has been a surreal experience thus far and tonight validates the official premier of my ballet "Fold by Fold."
I never ever, in my craziest And bizarre dreams, thought a day like this would ever happen to me. standing before me in this massive house, I feel the glorious weight of the world I've built around myself. All the hard work, blood, sweat, Tears and Fears... It's hard to explain.Naive as always but profoundly aware.I am just forever grateful. I wish you All could be here with me.
Until then, please send us your blessing and magnificent energy For a wonderful show tonight. this is for You all.