To promote Crack Collective’s newest show, we have the choreographer of Drone, Jessica Kelpsch, talking about the upcoming show.
PUTTING HER FOOT DOWN
Drone choreographer Jessica Kelpsch talks about Chicago, Austin and dancing
I often get asked about dancing and working in Chicago v. the Austin scene. I might be biased, because I’ve gotten to do some really great stuff here in Austin.
In Chicago, I started performing at age 5, began choreographing in high school, and started teaching dance while I was studying Business Management and Dance Performance at Northern Illinois University. I came to Austin in 2006, and although I left behind that amazing feeling you get when you perform downtown Chicago, the Austin scene provided the chance to take on so many different roles that otherwise, just wouldn’t happen.
I got lucky and walked into – forgive the pun – some great gigs here: choreographing “big” shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Wedding Singer at the Georgetown Palace Theater. A cool part of doing Georgetown is getting to do some of the classic musicals, and using their great facilities for dance, scene work, and vocal rehearsals.
Now I’m working on a new show, Drone: A Border Affair that Crosses a Line with a developing company, Crank Collective. With a more “independent” show like this, there is more freedom and the push to be really creative and open with ideas. It’s great to be able to try things that haven’t been done before. For example, I think we’re going to be the first musical on earth featuring a flying Predator Drone aircraft dance number.