Trio of performers will debut ‘The Flicker’ for Grayling audience
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
We all met in New York and collaborated in doing shows and stuff before. We wanted to make a new work and sort of bring it somewhere that doesn’t have the same type of opportunities to see productions like this. This community fostered my creativity, so it means something to me to bring it back here and share with people here.” – Jill St. Germain
A Grayling dancer whose interest in the performing arts was sparked in the community at an early age will debut an original production with a trio next weekend.
The Flicker, a live dance and circus arts performance, will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Grayling High School’s Joseph H. Stripe Auditorium.
The production features dance, including ballet, hip hop and break dancing, and gymnastics.
“There’s something there for everyone,” said Jill St. Germain, a dancer and a Grayling native. “There is athleticism, and a story about making your way through the maze of life.”
The original production is a collaborative effort between St. Germain, Brandon Morales of New York City, and Dmitry Myers of State College, Pennsylvania.
The trio has been working on developing The Flicker for the last 10 months, and opted to debut the production in Grayling.
“We all met in New York and collaborated in doing shows and stuff before,” St. Germain said. “We wanted to make a new work and sort of bring it somewhere that doesn’t have the same type of opportunities to see productions like this. This community fostered my creativity, so it means something to me to bring it back here and share with people here.”
St. Germain’s father, Jerry St. Germain, was a multi-sport athlete while attending Grayling High School. He thought putting in two hours into sports after school was a good workout, but is awed by the hours that has been put into developing The Flicker.
“They put in 12 to 14 without batting an eye,” he said. “That’s why they can do things I never dreamt I could do and even know I couldn’t do when I thought I was good.”
Jill started dancing at an early age while growing up in Grayling.
“It was just a passion of mine to move and to express myself though movement,” she said. “It’s one of those art forms that is constantly challenging. It keeps you having to strive to get better.”
During her high school years, Jill earned a full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy for dance.
“That was a really good experience,” she said.
She then went on to train at the Boston Conservatory, and with a prima ballerina, one the of the most elite trainers in the field, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jill co-founded and was co-director for her own performance company in New York City, where she worked with a number of ballet and circus companies.
She appeared as an aerialist and acrobat in NBC’s primetime television series Smash, and served as an aerialist and dancer for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which was aired on CBS.
Jill’s talents have allowed her to travel throughout the nation and as far away at Istanbul, Turkey, where she performed at a palace with a circus company.
“If you do free-lance gigs for circus companies, which I have done a lot, it takes you to some really interesting and random places,” she said.
Jill said she appreciates being able to translate stories and to reach people in a way they don’t really expect.
“It takes a ton of work, but it’s always worth it,” she said.
Jill moved back to Grayling in 2015, and has served as a dance instructor at the AuSable Dance Center.
Jill recently completed a holiday production with Grayling musicians Oh Brother, Big Sister, and looks forward to debuting The Flicker for the community.
“It’s been cool to give back to the community in that way,” she said.
Jerry said he hopes the production will inspire boys and girls to get involved with athletic pursuits outside of the sports they are offered at school.
“It opens your mind a little bit,” he said. “There are actually other avenues in life if it’s your passion. To be good at anything, you’ve got to have passion.”
Tickets for The Flicker are $15 at the door the day of the production. Pre-sale tickets, however, can be purchased for two tickets for $25 or 10 tickets for $100.