Siobhan Davies gave us the remarkable experience of Manual last week. I think Sarah’s description in the post below gives a pretty good explanation of what we got up to. Below is an image, link to a short video clip about Manual and our book of words from the session to give a flavour of what is all looked like.
Next Choreography went to see Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez performing ‘What the body does not Remember’ on 10th February at Sadler’s Wells. This was Wim’s very first choreographic work, back in 1987 – quite impressive for a 24 year old with no dance training and no prior choreographic experience!
This week during our session, we discussed the key elements that we’d experienced in the work – the quality in the movement, what it had made us feel, think, sense, how it was structured, what were the themes that seemed to be running through it. In response, 3 members of our group – Sarah, Isla and Emily G started choreographing something new. It was exciting to witness the energy and commitment in the room. Concentrated!
Here is our book of words from the session and a couple of pictures.
Below is a short clip from the piece, to give a context to what we were responding to.
Our book of words for the second session with Robbie Synge. A lovely long improvisation, a transportation into ‘presence’ and some fascinating conversations about why we bother with what we do. Deep! Thank you once again Robbie for being with us – we look forward to catching your new work, ‘Douglas’ at The Place, in April.
It’s 2015, and we’re back! This term we’re delving into making. I’m hoping our time will be packed with experiments and realisations. Our first session on 6th January focussed on choreographic structures. Tonight we’ll be thinking about content – creating material that matters. It’s important stuff.
Here’s our book of words from 6th January. We forgot to do it last week…eek! (so caught up in giving feedback to the members of NC who are performing for the Connect and Grow Private View this thursday 22nd January)
After all the talking, thinking, reflecting, absorbing, I felt that it would be great for this week’s session of Next Choreography should focus more on doing – a glimpse into next term, and a physical drawing together of many elements from different sessions within this term.
We did things with eyes closed and ears open, ears closed and eyes open, eyes closed and touching, eyes closed walking backwards. In fact lots of walking backwards! Opening all the senses, opening the possibility of sensing through our backs. Drawing on our need for negotiation, co-operation, and peripheral vision. We composed short things and manipulated them, we put them organised ourselves through various different systems – we watched/experienced the system at work. I was reminded of Ruth Little, Lucy Cash and Charlie Morrissey all rolled into one! We took over the building in two wiggly lines moving backwards, and without realising it or planning, our activity became a performative experience for all of the audience members entering the building to attend the Crossing Borders talk. Quite lovely! I’m looking forward to all that next term might bring.
Our book of words from the first session back after half term. We looked back over the previous weeks – what have we covered? What have we learnt? What inspired us? What challenged us? We looked at all the connections and interconnections between the varied experiences that we’ve had so far. A good moment to take stock.
We had the immense privilege of having Lucy Cash lead our session at Next Choreography last night. 2 hours literally whizzed by as we, one by one composed objects within a given space and then discussed, analysed, observed these objects building histories and narratives and responses in us and around us. The conversation moved athletically between ideas about process, organising strategies, performance, framing, exposure, and felt experience. We started to realise how much we cared about and were invested in this simple arrangement of random objects. Ideas, suggestions, and varying reactions pingpong-ed around the circle. We found ourselves recognising our own creative decision making processes, being surprised and shocked by the choices of others, but all with in a wonderful environment of generosity and exchange. What a wonderful time – thank you Lucy for weaving your way through the conversation so eloquently, and probing for words and articulacy from us. Thank you, Next Choreography for all your thought, intelligence, and enthusiasm. Excited! These are your fabulous words from last night.