Video interview: Anna Gagne-Hawes

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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Actress / Choreographer Anna Gagne-Hawes talks about her work in Caligari: Alaska

Approximately 15.5 minutes

A note from the assistant director and choreography team

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In the beginning, there was a silent movie. Today, a 70 minute physical drama stands before you. How did we get there?

We established early on that this process was going to be collaborative. In a typical rehearsal, Anatoly sketched out blocking and motivations, the actors worked together and with a choreographer or the A.D. to refine it. At the end of the night we presented our scene to the director for approval or rejection.

What a nervous moment, knowing that an hour or more of work could be swept aside with a word! We dealt with the loss of a favorite scene or moment in different ways: short sharp expletives, muttering, pleading, or another cup of coffee. It wasn’t all bad. We learned that the rejection of one concept can allow another to come foreword; that Anatoly giveth as oft en as he taketh away. In segments we developed, our actors found that ownership lends great strength to a production.

We are all grateful and honored to have been able to work so closely with such a brilliant mind on his last production. Thank you Anatoly, for giving us your trust and inspiration. As with any original project, the journey was frustrating at ti mes, but ultimately rewarding.

Choreography is a loose word. You may think of a ballerina or Fosse… We want you to know that choreography is everything from a lift ed hand, a gasp, a look toward the audience or a moment of stillness. This is storytelling through movement, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

-Brian, Rachel, Anna and Jey

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Anna Gagne-Hawes (Gypsy) is a senior at UAF, double-majoring in Theatre and History. Previous roles include Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project), Guildenstern (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Sylvia (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Estelle (No Exit), and Carol (Oleanna). She thanks her non-nuclear family for all the food and love as well as the staff and faculty at UAF for all their love, support and guidance in the past six years. Look for her on the roads, biking with her dog, Sabine.