Passion and Hope in ‘Solace’

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SOLACE – HOPE AT THE END OF THE DAY

The challenge of working in isolation and the passion of music were the driving forces behind this week’s Going Solo work, Alyssa Grimsley’s Solace.

Solace, Alyssa explains, means comfort in times of trouble or sorrow – and she began creating this solo for herself as her own source of solace from the anxieties of the pandemic. “We’ve all dealt with tension of restlessness and fatigue,” she said, “and yet we know that there’s hope at the end of the day.”

Alyssa, a pianist herself, knew she wanted to choreograph to classical piano, and was drawn to the melody of Franz Schubert’s Serenade. She found a dynamic adaptation of Schubert’s work by Sergei Rachmaninoff: “I felt like it had a lot more ups and downs, and there was a lot of passion to explore through movement.”

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