I stumbled across this recent (Feb. 2013) interview with Tom Dickson - lots of interesting stuff!
... I had the idea of Alex [Johnson] being a 1960′s intellectual in a coffee house in London. He is philosophizing to listeners about his view of life, society and culture. We started playing with the idea of him creating a Soliloquy. The Soliloquy representing his utopian society…that was perhaps unattainable. Much of the staccato sections of Eleanor Rigby became representative of Alex the Intellectual’s frustration with society. The lyrics from the song are very abstract …almost surreal in their description of people going through everyday life and death. Alex is drawn toward darker, emotionally complex themes and the idea and style of movement that grew from these things started to really take shape and make an impact.
The ultra simple costume based on the ubiquitous black turtle neck made sartorially famous by the Beatles seemed to be the perfect compliment. ...
From my own work…pieces that for me have stood the test of time are a Brazilian Long Program for Ryan Jahnke, Matt Savoie’s Mission long program, Jeremy Abbott’s Eight Seasons Long Program and now Alex Johnson’s Eleanor Rigby. Also Yukina Ota’s Japanese themed short program to Picasso’s Dance by Hiroshima is one of my favorite pieces for females that I have choreographed.