Music, Movement, and Storytelling

This season, we’re delighted to bring back Nicole Bartosinski as movement director, and to bring on board Olivia Wheeler for the first time as musical director! Now that rehearsals are almost half way though, I decided to sit down with these two and ask them about the content that they’ve created so far. Here’s what they had to say about the musical ‘tone’ of each show…

Nicole: I would say with Julius Caesar it’s really stylized and weighted in movement

Olivia: And militaristic. Militaristic is how I describe the music, which is mostly percussion for that show. We’re having a lot of drumming. A lot of variation on marches and themes for each character. For example, Julius Caesar has a drumming theme, and Brutus has a drumming theme, and you’ll hear those themes as we approach their respective parts of the show.

Nicole: And I would say with Two Gentlemen of Verona, the choreography is very colourful and upbeat; there’s a flavour to it. There’s a big full company party scene that happens.

Olivia: And in Two Gents, the tone really shifts based on location. There’s calm, level headed Verona. And then we get into a party that is Milan.

Nicole: Yes! And there’s something beautiful that happens with this festival where music and choreography get to be created at the same time. So there’s a really strong bond being built between the two.


Nicole and Olivia went on to talk about how they think this music and movement helps to tell each story. I, for one, am so looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with! Check out what they had to say about this in the video below!