We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming filmmaker and curator, Lucy Cash back last week. As part of the Next Choreography Festival we are planning to screen a selection of films and Lucy is supporting the curation of that aspect of the festival.
Exciting, mind expanding conversations were teased out through the session and I left excited, curious, uplifted and hugely impressed by my wonderful Next Choreography group – they are AMAZING! (Like a proud mother!)
Here is our book of words for the week and a picture from the discussion.
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Last week was week 7 – are first week back after half term and the first time we were together without a guest artist or a visit since 30th September, so it seemed like a good moment to see where we’d got to. We made lots of maps – collective brain storming around Next Choreography so far. We talked about the things which have stayed with us/inspired us, and the things which have been difficult or challenging. We talk a lot about pressure – what happens when we feel under pressure, when we put ourselves under pressure, when our head gets in the way of our bodies being able to respond fully. We realised that we all share in this struggle at particular moments – it was comforting to share it! And then after all the map making and all the talking, in pairs, the Next Choreography group all created a response to something that had come up during the session. Everyone presented something. Everyone used their bodies, everyone had a clear strong idea that they decided to work with, everyone was able to work quickly. We surprised ourselves. I have a feeling that all the map making, visualising connections and relationships, sharing of experiences and thoughts etc helped produce the fertile ground for this quick, effective work that happened. Let’s try for more of that! This week we are off to Sadler’s Wells to see PARK by Jasmin Vardimon
putting us in place
maps maps maps
dancing over the maps
working with the maps
Map making 3
Map making 2
Map Making 1
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It is the third week of Next Choreography 2014-15, we did a writing exercise today about projects that we are involved in, but there was one twist…
We had to continuously write for five minutes and every sentence/ phrase had to start with ‘I come from…’ Resulting in some deep thoughts…
Some of Emily’s sentences include:
‘I come from a force. I come from a force pushing out. I come from moving people away. I come from separating a crowd into many individuals.’
Some of Aura’s words include:
‘I come from a suitcase. I come from trying really hard’
We did this writing exercise as part of our audition back in July and it was really nice to revisit it today and also to be able to discuss our sentences with a partner. It allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of each other and the projects that we are both participating in outside Next Choreography.
Our verbal diarrhoea’s can actually mean something to someone…
to be continued…
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