Broadway is preserving Jennifer Weber busy nowadays. On November 17, & Juliet—an Olivier Award–successful musical about what may’ve occurred to Juliet if she hadn’t killed herself over Romeo, set to iconic radio anthems, like “Since U Been Gone” and “Can’t Cease the Feeling!”—opens with Weber’s enthusiastically pop-y, hard-hitting choreography. Three days later, one other challenge of Weber’s makes its Nice White Manner debut: KPOP, a musical providing a fictionalized behind-the-scenes have a look at a Korean pop-music manufacturing facility. “They’re each exhibits which can be actually inspiring and optimistic,” she says. “They go away you feeling higher concerning the world, in completely other ways.”
How has your method to & Juliet’s choreography developed because the present’s 2019 premiere in Manchester, England?
I’m consistently looking for the guts of it. I’m utilizing a pop vocabulary, like music video aesthetics, however that’s not usually a language used to inform a narrative. This can be a vocabulary based mostly in coolness, in order that’s been essentially the most enjoyable half, determining how this vocabulary can turn into narrative. And the way can it turn into humorous? So it’s about twisting it and giving it context, however it’s additionally about discovering the actually explosive moments, when dance is taking up the stage. We wish to say that & Juliet is one hundred pc theater and one hundred pc pop live performance. It’s about bringing these worlds collectively, supplying you with magic and bigness and one thing to connect with as a result of it hits on all senses.
Is it difficult, choreographing to well-known pop songs, or do you discover that releasing?
I don’t suppose an excessive amount of concerning the precurrent choreographies of those songs that folks might need of their heads. The factor that’s wonderful is that these are the songs that make you need to dance in such an epic method. Typically you get a music to choreograph and also you’re like, “I don’t know, this doesn’t appear to be a banger to me.” However choreographing to Katy Perry’s “Roar”—after all I need to try this! It makes you need to transfer.
What’s it been like, engaged on two exhibits? Have you ever been capable of maintain them separate in your thoughts, or do they find yourself influencing one another?
The vocabularies are so completely different. KPOP began with an insane quantity of analysis, as a result of it’s so particular. It’s crucial that we keep true to what makes Ok-pop Ok-pop. For instance, in a Ok-pop quantity, there’s one thing like 50 to 100 formations. It’s very mathematical—it’s about shifting round so the singers come out as they sing. So the operate of choreography in KPOP may be very completely different.
I’ve additionally been engaged on them each for a really very long time. I’ve been with KPOP since 2014, earlier than it was off-Broadway. Now that & Juliet is constructed, KPOP feels newer as a result of it’s coming to Broadway with out an out-of-town tryout.
Do you ever really feel such as you’ll run out of concepts?
A lot of creativity is concerning the inspiration of the individuals round you, and it occurs within the second, it doesn’t matter what you prepped together with your associates and skeleton crew. So long as you’re round inspiring individuals, it’ll be robust.