An Interview with Erika Weinheimer by Jordan Rosin
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ERIKA WEINHEIMER: My name is Erika Weinheimer.
JR: Allright. And what role do you play?
EW: I play The Sister - Electra's sister.
JR: Cool. What has been the biggest challenge so far?
EW: The biggest challenge so far... well it's a tie between the actual physical strength and keeping up with all the workouts and the exercises that we've been doing and then also... wrapping my head around the struggle that is at the center of the show and... is also at the center of my character's struggle which is the battle between the traditional and the new and exciting and which way to go and when to go in which direction... trying to figure all that out.
JR: Cool. And what are you most excited for?
EW: I am most excited... for one of the things we haven't started rehearsing yet, which is the tea ceremony. I think that's going to be a big portion of what I get to do onstage and I'm really interested to take that tradition and see how we get to change it and alter it in different ways to show character and conflict and story.
JR: Nice... where are you from?
EW: I'm from Sacramento, California.
JR: ...What attracted you to Butoh Electra in the first place?
EW: What attracted me to it, reading the description... I'm really interested in how movement can tell a story as well. I come from not only a theatre background, but I've also done plenty of dance as well and no matter what's going on in my life I always find that dancing can relax me. It can excite me. It's always there for me - in my mind - to do what it needs to do and I really like stories that use that as a whole other means to tell the story.
JR: And what part of your body is most sore right now?
EW: What part of my body is most sore? I would say that my calves are the most sore... did a lot of jumping yesterday and then... my wrists, because we're balancing on our hands and trying to build our arm strength so... it's a tie, but... everywhere really.
JR: Good. And what is butoh?
EW: What is butoh? ...Well you're asking the wrong person, but my understanding of it is that it is a form of dance that is born out of rebellion and fighting against everything around you because something on the inside is fighting so hard to get out and however that expresses itself in your body in strange and weird ways and funny faces and all sorts of weird stuff.
JR: Allright, thank you Erika!
EW: No problem.