Hello again, I’ve still been working away in the studio, playing with ideas and enjoying working with dancers here in Liverpool. Early in January, I started with an intensive week working with Lauren Tucker, Jen Hale and Becca Thomas – we worked with a box of hats and the music of Beth Allen. Beth joined us on the Wednesday to play, sing and share some her song lyrics with us. This led us into very beautiful and complex ideas, singing whilst moving, singing in a round, playing against this and travelling in and out of canon. The dancers had to use their brains and mathematic minds to solve the puzzles we were inventing.
“…we’ll be sharing a trio accompanied by Beth, at the Moving Dance Forward performance at Unity Theatre.”
I love these conundrums that appear out of layering materials on top of one another, and during this process I saw more potential ideas for the future. During the week there seemed to be a small trio developing and I invited video artist Danny Williams in to work with us – to play and to listen to the process, offering any ideas that he had, on a visual level. This was refreshing and led to me and Danny meeting on numerous occasions throughout the past couple of months, to explore ideas from footage and how this could develop in relation to both our work.
On a more regular basis, I have been teaching a release based technique class followed by some time for research at the new space in Liverpool (8 Water Street). This is a huge space which helps gain a good distance on work when trying out ideas.
So, lots of sparks have been flying around and new beginnings with material have been emerging. I have also been meeting with other artists and discussing different ways to develop with them. It’s been good to stop and just remind myself of my initial desire to research, develop and discover; rather than just make and regurgitate material.
I am looking forward to working with Gen, Lauren, Becca and Beth again at the end of the month, where we’ll be sharing a trio accompanied by Beth at the Moving Dance Forward performance – at Unity Theatre, March 31st. Not in the auditorium, but in the bar area; before, in between and after the other pieces, this way you can enjoy the social aspect of coming to the show at the same time as enjoying experiencing our work.
Hope to see and meet some of you there,