Friday, 14 September 2018

Embodied Spaces, groups and The Elephant Queen movie!

Well, I can now clearly enthuse about our new 'show'
Show is the right and wrong word.
In artistic response to the fun and structure and joy of responding to heritage ( our last project Cornish Doorways) we now go ... freeform!
It's definitely 'showing', and possibly the nearest to seeing a session in action, we are back into Dance with the story emerging from the responses: it is driven by environment, people, music (and audience i guess but that remains to be experienced!)
Shallal is the sum of its parts.

I recently found a CD of an old show i thought we only had on video, Midnight Feast about the third or fourth show we ever did. Music by Roger Pinsent and new work inspired by Rory Mcdermott! Poetry, song, characters/story telling, relationship, abstraction, whacky props, wonderful to revisit.

In conversations i have heard professionals say you never see work as 'good' as you get in workshops. This 'show' wants to bring that workshop experience of 'in the moment' fun/drama and performance/sharing to the audience.

So this new work is built from Always New, Shared Spaces and Pop Ups. It involves everyone in the company who wants to be in it on the day and dancers who were unavailable, having seen the improvs yesterday are now talking about just 'popping' into it from the audience!
It stretches the role and freedom of each artist, subject to the discipline of mutual support and the 'giveaway/gift/offering' to an audience.
So the dancers are authentic, spontaneous, have clear intention and performing!
The last one stretches the experience, how does what they are doing/want to do: build the picture, support/enhance the whole. Pep made a good comment a while ago that we are a company. While feeding back to each other after a 'run' cos you can't really rehearse it as there is a process not a 'show.' We spoke about levels of trust and support i joked it took over 3 years to build it between Colin and Kerry and Colin said "and more"!
Also the levels just keep increasing, yesterday while workshopping everyone did some fantastic partner work, trust levels and risk taking increasing all the time and we all still appreciate and enjoy each others work, watching is as important as doing!
So come along and see! We are excited! The dancers are keen, pleased to do it!


Tell us what you think, we'd like to know.
The idea for Embodied Space was originally an R&D and then became formed into a tour and now is what it is? as we have not yet achieved full funding ( so our other venues rest in the balance) and will have to reapply!? ( Bother! - in the background we need to pay ourselves, 'mouths to feed' level) but the 'show' goes on and ( creatively we have freedom and we need to progress, keep pushing, part of that this time is with the audience, so as i write this it reminds me that we will need to evaluate it for our own interest ) we continue.

The space is small and inspiring with a window out onto Porthmeor beach.
Look forward to seeing you there.

It's busy with the new term.
This week.....
Lovely to return to cover for a session for Debs at Express Yourself and Friends and Dancing FAD!
A lovely big, friendly, fun, well established group, and in a dance studio, spacious, light, good floor. The Dracaena Centre is impressive, constant community groups, small cafe and many people stay on for sports session in the afternoon.
Participants can progress on to Shallal 2, that evening 5-6.30pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church Hall.
This group is again friendly and diverse, it's always interesting to see how new people respond to Shallal and a new ( Argentinian)  mother and baby daughter responded by this week bringing along a  Roumanian friend and her toddler son and the visiting granny from Argentina! we felt very international! and everything stops for babies.... we are gently working towards our Christmas show/sharing.
David, Esme, Miles, Emily and Leigh all came to Shallal 2 via Friends and Dancing.
Emily, Miles and Esme do FAD and then come on to Shallal 2, Emily then goes for 3 sessions as she also comes to Shallal Dance Theatre on Friday.

We wish Peter Kirby well, we hope he is recovering and hope to see him in one of these groups soon. He has come the same route and we wait to see which group he chooses to go back to.
It is good to be able to offer a range of experience/involvement to suit different needs and times of ones life.

New possibilities for Shallal Studio in the wings, a meeting coming up to explore it, more news in a few weeks time.
Shallal Sketchbooks dreaming and scheming with Kerry T: 2 workshops waiting to go and 2 artists to interview and an exhibition coming soon!

Then my week goes on to Liskeard group and conversations with Gemma from Wheal Martyn around an arts festival this term. I look forward to working with some of the same and some new groups. A conversation with Thomas about how much he wants to further his career/experience, he has done a lot of training/performing with Far Flung http://farflungdancetheatre.co.uk/.
.and while watching the group, the question,  How to get their work more widely seen?
It takes time to embed Shallal into a community, one of the ways is to do small performances, as it works by attraction, also word of mouth recommendation, the best advocates are those who enjoy it.

Lois has been busy rehearsing for:


Lois is the associate artist in Liskeard "Out There' group. When she can't come i have had the pleasure of working with other amazing local dancers, Sarah who is in Physical Postcards and was already one of my favourite dancers to watch,  Miranda https://www.facebook.com/MirandaHowardDanceArtist/
and Sam Lawrence http://samlawrencedance.co.uk/

i've always wanted to film on hard sand and found this .....
http://samlawrencedance.co.uk/project/bodies-on-the-beach

Demelza shared this recently watch from 4.40mins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YH4-cyt-04&feature=share

On Thursday mornings while Out There happens in Liskeard, at the other end of the county Colin and Kerry are at the Acorn, Penzance with Open House.


Really happy my dear brother and his wife have success from TIFF...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMwdW7c2in4
https://deadline.com/2018/09/apple-acquires-global-rights-to-documentary-the-elephant-queen-toronto-international-film-festival-1202460419/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3UQzxAVErw

and i'm so excited to see it in London in October, now its finished ( i have seen an early edit)
and the composer Alex Heffes http://alexheffes.com/news
has provided our groups with ongoing inspiration through his CD Face to face
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/face-to-face/id579649755

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jyPePALmIo

Which leads me back to the power and beauty of Improvisation!
Come and see Embodied Spaces..



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