Richmond Ballet‘s New Works Festival just opened this past Thursday, April 4th and will run through April 14th. The festival brings new dance works from four innovative contemporary choreographers: Starrene Foster, Sasha Janes, Darrell Moultrie, and Amy Seiwert. Richmond Arts Review asked each choreographer to answer a few questions. This is the third installment, with responses from Amy Seiwert. Seiwert is a former dancer with the Smuin and Sacramento Ballets, was named one of 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine in 2005, and has twice participated in the esteemed New York Choreographic Institute.

For tickets to the New Works Festival, go here.

Amy Seiwert,  Photo: Andrea Basile

Amy Seiwert,
Photo: Andrea Basile

RAR: What, if any, new directions is ballet taking?

AS: What I like to create are ballets that relate to the current world we are living in. Peasants and aristocrats, swans and sylphs, sometimes those are a bit hard to relate to. Universal truths can be expressed in multiple ways, but framing these in a context that is in the present appeals to me.


RAR: What are your most powerful non-dance/non-music creative influences or inspirations?

AS: Nature. So much in nature takes my breath away – sunlight on water, a mountain covered in fresh snow, the sunrise.


RAR: What is the biggest lesson you’ve gleaned from your recent experience choreographing with Richmond Ballet for the New Works Festival?

AS: Going with the flow. Sometimes the rehearsal and creation “plans” are usurped by life. That happened in this creation and greatly informed the structure of the work.


RAR: Do you dance in your sleep dreams?

AS: Not so much anymore, but all the time when I was dancing professionally.