The Road Back: ‘How Am I Ever Going to Dance Again?’

On August 3, rehearsals began for the autumn season, which included the production of two new ballets: one by Sidra Bell, with Fairchild in the lead and Furlan the understudy; And one by Andrea Miller, in which there’s a part for Bradley.

furlan I arrived in New York at 7 a.m. on July 13, and received the vaccine in the afternoon. In the beginning, it was a bit overwhelming to get used to the city and all the noise as it was very quiet where I was in Brazil. But in two days it felt like I had never left. I got an apartment. Last week I started taking classes with the company. Now we have to wear masks again; Everyone will also have to come with a PCR test. Of course, things are not 100 percent better. There are risks of not having a season.

fairchild It’s done immediately, like, bem I’m in a new ballet. In fact, I missed the first day because my baby was in the ER the night before; She had some small bumps removed at the dermatologist’s office, and her eye was burning and we didn’t know what to do. Then I woke up early and gave the wrong amount of medicine to a child. We were calling poison control at 5:30 in the morning after coming to the ER. Obviously, I need a minute. But I reinvented myself. Everyone is alive and I made it in 2 days.

furlan When things happen, it will be a test: How much of the past year are you really taking with you? Lessons we have learned and ways to cope? And this work-life balance thing – I think people are seeing how important it is. You have to live a life.

bradley It’s a strange time, and you can’t depend on the New York City Ballet to cheer you up or bring you peace. You’ll have to find it elsewhere. I feel like I’m on my way to being happy that everything went well, or happy that everything isn’t working out – and then I’ll be somewhere else in five years. It’s not like I’ve told anyone, “I have a five-year plan….” [unless] I’m doing things that push me. But performing in the “Diamonds” corps isn’t really going to do much for my dancing.

fairchild We are all a little nervous. We’ve been waiting for so long, and your impulse as a dancer is to think, oh, we finally have these shows to rely on. But I had a moment of genuine despair and depression about it. damn, even he is not for sure. And so I changed my thinking again, and I was like, this time there’s no end goal. It’s not about appearing on a show. It’s about coming each day and getting the opportunity to dance and be here with each other.

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