I have just recently begun working on a new piece to premiere this coming June for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's NEXT STEP program. Set to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3, this year's work promises to differ greatly from previous ones. Being that it is my 10th creation, I wanted to try something entirely different from my normal approach. I am creating a dance for one man... and a tennis ball. The piece begins with the young man, dancing as if not a soul is watching (like many of us have done at one time or another). After a while he discovers a new, and seemingly interesting toy. Not quite sure what to make of it, he hesitantly explores everything that a tennis ball has to offer; quickly his curiosity morphs the situation into a wonderful game. However, when the game has finished, and he is prepared to move on, he realizes that his new toy may not yet be finished with him. By the end the young man is completely paranoid-- is his play-thing chasing him down? Can he get away from it? Does he make a clean break?........we shall see. I am so excited for this work! It should be a truly FUN experience for the dancer, the audience, and hopefully bring out a few smiles.