We were able to catch up with Conner to see how he has been doing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am currently a dancer in the Saarländisches Staatsballett in Saarbrücken, Germany. As of now, all of our training, rehearsals, and performances have been cancelled until the end of April. Luckily, we will still be paid, but it is unclear if the cancellation will extend until the end of the season.
What were your plans before all of this, and how have they been affected by this pause?
The company was about to begin the creative process with choreographers Marioenrico D’Angelo and Mortiz Ostruschnjak for a premiere in May, which has unfortunately been cancelled. Before everything was shut down, we were able to premiere a double bill with works by Richard Siegal and Stijn Celis.
"Seeing the performing arts community come together in this time is something that has really lifted my spirits".
I am trying to stay aware of what I feel I need day to day. Some days I feel it’s healthier to make a clear schedule and to-do list for myself while other days I dedicate to letting myself indulge in laziness and rest without judgement.
When it comes to inspiration, I’ve been blown away by the accessibility of online classes as well as the amount of companies posting free full-length performances for viewing.