While the directors hope Against the Grain will challenge the audience, the show will certainly challenge them. With casting now concluded, the dancers face the daunting task of putting up a main stage show in two weeks.
But Yamaguchi and Bergmann have faith in the abilities of Harvard dancers, maintaining that the caliber of dance on campus is very high. Many student dancers, including the production staff of Against the Grain, have professional experience with companies such as The School of American Ballet and the Martha Graham School.
And while it may be some time before Harvard dancers find a permanent home, for the moment the main stage is all theirs.
“The Loeb is a dream come true,” said Braxton-Brooks. “It’s perfect.”