Senior Victoria Koretsky is not just a fan of different types of art, but an artist herself. Besides listening to Mitski on repeat and watching movies at triple speed, Koretsky can be found dancing at his local studio; practice piano, flute and saxophone; and work with the Black Maskers drama club.
Why do you love the arts so much?
I think the arts not only give people the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts on current issues and their perceptions of the world, but they allow people to share everything. Even if you haven’t experienced the same things, art still transports you there. Art allows you to empathize with people you haven’t even met before or who aren’t even real.
What do you particularly like in music and dance?
Well, I’ve played music all my life, so music came first and love came second. It’s not like I didn’t like it as a kid, I just didn’t have a strong opinion about it. I would say I’m quite a talkative person, but in music and dance, it’s about expressing feelings and telling stories without words. It’s hard, especially for me, not to use my words, but it’s nice and it’s special. I feel like you can touch people in a deeper way.
Do you have a particular connection with a specific instrument?
The flute is my favorite. But I really like the piano because it’s an accompanying instrument, and it’s really easier to play with people than the flute or the saxophone. That being said, if I hear a saxophone on the radio or in a song, it’s really exciting because I’m like, “Wow, I really have an affinity for that instrument.” However, I think I have a closer connection with the flute because I’ve been playing it longer.
How has dancing from an early age impacted your love and affiliation with music?
I started dancing and playing the piano when I was very young. I remember really enjoying the rhythm part of the music and hitting beats instead of words, although my appreciation for lyrical-type dances came later. However, it’s really hitting the beat that spoke to me when I was young. My mom noticed that in me too, and she was like, “Wow, you love rhythm so much,” and that’s what all my teachers said when I was a dancer. To this day, I don’t really listen to the lyrics of the music. I have to actively seek them out if I want to listen to them, because otherwise I’m just listening to the music behind them. I also really like to think about the production side of music and the instrumental side, like telling a story through beats and beats, chords and keys. Even if I don’t know much about music theory, it’s the idea of music theory that I really like. I think it comes from dancing, from listening to so much music and trying to find stories in the music itself, not in the words.
In transitioning to acting, how has being a board member of Black Maskers and director of One Acts impacted you?
Well, I had never done acting until high school, and I joined Black Maskers in 9th grade and had been doing commercials pretty much the whole time. So, I felt really detached from the theater part, because for most shows before this year, I hadn’t seen them before the show date. I would just sit in the audience and watch with everyone. But, being a board member has definitely involved me more. Although I’ve never been part of the cast, I can always see what’s going on in every production, whether it’s the booth crews doing the lighting and sound, or the props running around backstage, or the casting. It also touched me a lot because it requires a lot of organization and communication. Just like other extracurricular activities, it takes a lot of time to organize such a large club, as it has around 300 children. Fortunately, I have a board team and I like them very much. It’s very useful to work with other people on board and to work with a co-director for One Acts, well done to Paris, I love Paris. But it also takes a lot of individual effort and commitment to the club, but when you put it together with a team, it really makes the club magical.
What is your favorite theater memory?
There are so many. I don’t know if this is a favorite memory, but the time I really felt like I was part of a drama was when I was in second grade and we did the Addams Family . It was my first time attending rehearsals before the show, even though I was just sitting in the audience and watching it. But it was really different from what I’ve done in the past. I had also helped organize the teaser for the Addams Family Cheer Rally and I felt very involved because I got to meet Mr. Monteleone and plan a lot of things with Ms. Davis. I had the opportunity to work with a lot of staff, and it was really different from a lot of extracurricular things I had done in the past, since I was fifteen. It was also the first time that I went to the green room and participated in all the traditions. As I got closer to the club, I could see how much of a family it was.
How do you plan to incorporate the arts into your future?
I really want to keep playing music, at least casually. I would like to join an occasional orchestra or musical group in college. I would like to continue dancing, or at least tap dancing and maybe ballet, either casually or as part of a team. I really want to stay involved in the arts in general. Yes, I play music, dance and do theatre, but I would also love to attend local shows and support others in the arts. I feel like the arts are as much about enjoying others as it is doing it yourself. It’s about sharing experiences and emotions and the only way to do that is to listen to others as well.