Posts Tagged: Robbie Synge

Gearing up

Tomorrow is the finale of this first wonderful year of Next Choreography with our first Next Choreography Festival.  There will be performances, discussions, a writing seminar, a workshop, and installations. Plenty to get involved with and hopefully lots to feed your curiosity. The Next Choreography group will be hosting everything which is so exciting! It has been such a pleasure to work with this remarkable and thoughtful group all year and I wait with great anticipation to see what they all move on to next.

Tomorrow will be a celebration of the journey that they have travelled together and I hope that many of you can join us for some or all of the day. We start at 12noon with a writing seminar from dance critic, Sanjoy Roy and are open until 8.30pm – closing with Robbie Synge’s beautiful new work Douglas at 7pm. If you have not yet booked your ticket, then you still have time! BOOK HERE

Below are the last two weeks from our Book of Words.

Book of Words Term 3 Session 10
Book of Words Term 3 session 11
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Book of Words Session 5

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.

Book of Words Session 5 term 2
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Part 2 – Robbie Synge

Lots of interesting stuff from Robbie this week… Raising questions about working solo and individually from within.

Here he’s encouraging participants to reflect on certain behaviours, ways of working, living, being.

What informs your movement? Can you start from meaning? How can you physically inhabit what you feel?





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The importance of playing. Thank you Robbie Synge!

This week I had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Robbie Synge to lead our session, all the way from the Scottish Highlands. And we are lucky enough to have him next week as well. It was fascinating to hear him join up the dots between his love of skate boarding and golf as a child with the choreographic work he is making right now.

We dwelled a lot on what our lifestyle brings to the creative table, how much our location and conditions influence and impact the work we make. Robbie’s experience of working and living in the Highlands of Scotland is a particularly strong example of this. I was struck by how resourceful and independent he is – a feeling of ‘I can make dance work’ – even if I am on my own, without a studio, or anyone to film me, or anyone to talk to… He finds ways to create an environment which is conducive somehow – including making elaborate contraptions of his video camera fixed to a skateboard, attached to a pully that gets knocked by the stick he throws in order that it zooms in as it films the scene he has set up. (Or something like that!) A living, breathing laboratory. I’m not surprised he studied physiology at University.

I was inspired and touched by much of what Robbie shared with us yesterday. I enjoyed hearing his journey towards dance and my journey felt much more boring by comparison – not that it’s a competition! But I couldn’t help wondering how much his collection of studies and experiences which were perhaps physical but not directly dance related have brought significant richness to his current choreographic work.

I was reminded how important PLAY is in our creative work. It is easy for me to get very serious about things – perhaps I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m actually working, not just mucking about. But this session revealed the usefulness of playing – it is what stimulates interest and lets us know where our curiosity really is, rather than where we’re pretending it is!

We had a lot of fun making mess with objects. Setting up little experiments to test. Wondering how we could make an object move us…. I look forward to picking up where we left off next week.

Robbie Synge - playing with objects
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