About Potential Energies – a Millennial Generation ballet
An Interview with Barbie Diewald, a Choreographer with TrioDance Collective + Sugar Vendil, Artistic Director of Nouveau Classical Project
In anticipation of “Potential Energies,” a One-night Only Performance At Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
The Dance Enthusiast: While some herald the entrepreneurship and digital savviness of Millennials a.k.a. Generation Y, others believe that they are doomed as a spoiled generation. Potential Energies explores “the shock and pain of reality” faced by the said generation. Composer Trevor Gureckis’s tunes for the dance piece carries a somber tone, and the title of the performance itself – “Potential Energies” – seems to connote hope for something lost. What spurred this interest in Millennials?
Sugar Vendil: People were beginning to talk about Millennials around the time I was thinking about Potential Energies. I saw the New York Magazine cover with a hip 20-something year old on it and the words “Sucks to be Us.” There was also this large TIME Magazine billboard that I would pass by on my way to work that said: “Millennials – Overeducated, Underemployed, Wildly Optimistic.” I soon made a connection between the current experiences of Millennials and the themes of the ballet that I wanted to explore.
Interview continued on The Dance Enthusiast.