Meet Gavin Abercrombie | KC Ballet Company Artist

Meet Gavin Abercrombie | KC Ballet Company Artist


My name is Gavin Abercrombie. I spent my first two years here in the Kansas
City Ballet Second Company. And then, this is my official second season
with the main company. In Carmina, I’m very excited. It’s my first lead role I’m taking on in this
company. I will be portraying a tortured soul… if
you will… Throughout this process, I’ve been working
with the choreographer Adam Hougland who’s incredible. It’s been an amazing process. I’d heard the music. It’s you know famous, such famous music. Once I really, really started working on it, that’s
when I’ve tried to go through and actually read some of the poems and try to delve a
little bit deeper into it… just to give myself a little bit of an understanding of
its coming from. Because the ballet isn’t necessarily based
off of the old poems. The choreographer was saying that you know
he’s had it in the back of his mind but the movement is speaking for itself, creating
his own story that he feels organically comes through. It’s a brand new take, a fresh take. Speaking of the choreography… it’s very
athletic. By the end of the piece, you’ll be able to
tell, I am just completely drained, which you know is fitting for the end of the ballet
as I’ve gone through this whole journey. But, his movement, even though it’s so athletic
and so draining, it flows so well through your body. Even though I’m exhausted, the more tired
I get, the move in my body I get, the smoother I feel the movement becomes, for me personally. So, it’s kind of like, as you get more tired,
you really get deeper into exactly how he wants it. So, this being my first lead role with the
company… it’s been an exciting adventure. I’ve been, there’s obviously stress that comes
with it and the feeling of that responsibility but you know it’s a challenge that everyone
wants to tackle at some point and something I’m so grateful to do. And the choreographer has been such an amazing
help with that he’s putting a lot of trust in me. It’s been an out of this world experience. You know, hopefully one of many to come,
and I’m having the time of my life. There are so many things that Iove about dancing. I love the athleticism, which I feel like
is often an overlooked part of ballet. How demanding it is on your body… on your
mental stamina as well. But at the same time, you have to take it
that next step and make it look easy. And that combination of the challenge is so
rewarding and it’s addictive and it’s why I love it.

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