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Alone, together: Julie Brette Adams

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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:00 am

Dancer and choreographer Julie Brette Adams is staging the fifth incarnation of her popular One Woman Dancing performances this weekend at the Santa Fe Playhouse, premiering six new works. But she isn’t doing it alone. “I never do anything by myself in my one-woman show,” Adams said after an informal studio rehearsal. “I show work early on to a variety of people — dancers and nondancers. I ask for feedback about everything — costuming, how to order the program, everything. I like to collaborate with everyone — photographers, lighting designers, artists, sculptors, painters.”

On this day, the run-through was witnessed by an artist, a fellow dancer, a journalist, a videographer, and lighting designer Skip Rapoport. True to form, Adams asked for notes afterward from all assembled. This was Rapoport’s first time seeing the program, although this will be his seventh time doing lights for Adams. “Julie always gives me a good design challenge because her work has so much variation to it,” he said. “I need to find the right look for what she’s doing, extract the most potential as possible.” He does that, he said, by imagining the work at the playhouse, a space he knows well from previous productions he has lit there. He will watch at least three of Adams’ rehearsals in order to “find what’s critical, how much light, the direction of the light. I’m accentuating what she’s doing.”

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