Friday, 28 February 2020

AMICI fundraiser, Culture declares emergency,

A lot going on behind the of funding and ideas and possibilities to be shared soon...

 just found this in my inbox

save the dates Amici's next show!
"Amici Dance Theatre Company will hopefully celebrate their 40th anniversary with a full company show "Amici's One World" on the main stage at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith 20-23 May 2020, with over 80 disabled and non disabled performers from all over the world on stage."

The 23rd May is also XR's date in London and i'm feeling the need to stand up for what i believe in for our society and the bigger picture, and so who knows a double reason for a London visit?

Today we discussed Culture Declares Emergency
and our alignment and all the gifts and connections and actions everyone in the room brings to it.

Zo described how her family, when the children were young, planted trees which are now grown into a shelter break and more trees are currently being planted behind them.
Make a collage of people tree planting etc

tree planting

Star friends who are activists ie Wool against weapons Greenham Common.

           Isha Foundation: Project Greenhands

           A Band of Brothers - people working on themselves 
         "We encourage and facilitate young men towards developing a healthy connection to              their communities through acting with the emotional literacy, confidence and respect               that comes through healthy self-esteem and self-awareness

        The mission of the Trust is to magnify the Kogis’ voice, to help them defend                   their culture and its territorial integrity and to learn from them how to better protect the planet which we all share.

       Trythall School, Eden Project and National Trust working to locally preserve             longhorn bees

       care and respect for the planet, for the environment, to tread lightly on the                  earth, buy local, plant as many trees as possible, seed bombs, guerilla                        gardening

      planting trees

     plant more flowers for the bees

     local bee gardens, generations getting involved , rediscovering forgotten things,                     wisdom, reconnect with them and therefore nature, visiting Findhorn soon. Tairon                  message. Global village online talks - will try to source correct link

           XR (Extinction Rebellion) started October 2018, very exciting.
           Concerned for our use of all sorts of things, not to waste. Attends                                           Penzance XR.

         Strongly think to work on ourselves as much as possible
         Help with what has been mentioned and to consider disabilities and asthma

Conversations about inclusion in XR philosophy and practice, 
the police confiscation of accessible portaloos before the last event - which led into the closing of local Cornish council toilets! the affect of this on those with unseen disabilities, the young and older, all of us!! Possible performances outside closed toilets! with red noses.

Jo Suggested we bring these conversations into lunchtime sharing ( just as health, art, personnel news, creative reflection and ideas are in our morning sharing) focusing on the positive of what is being done and what we can support ( some of us in Shallal suffer from anxiety and we don't need to dwell on the negative, but celebrate and support positive change!)

Colin suggested a benefit gig for it, what and where? to be considered.
Toby recommended

photo by Steve Tanner
end of warm up

Film by Robin from Embodied Space Here and Now project

New film by Robin Fisher now on Facebook!
Original song by Skye-anna!
Many thanks to them both.
Shallal Dance Theatre went into Control movement gym on a chilly November day, we will return in the warmth next time. However it was a really good experience and Robin captures the soul and fun of the company.
I have a few hundred photos to edit from that day, which Anna took for us, and we have a mass of beautiful photos form Steve Tanner at Newlyn also awaiting attention.
Barbara and i have started an archiving discussion, something which is much needed and possible soon.

Sarah Waller and Guy kindly passed on the short silent black and white film from Trebah we hope to share soon.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Notes from conversation with Harry Theaker

Notes from phone conversation with Harry Theaker around Embodied Space Methodology....

Not overly conceptualised methodology, that people understand, that you can take to different spaces/contexts.

Not too much information - do you need anything else?

"In it together" - equal opportunity
                      - level playing field
                      - participate wherever they're at

Visceral experience for me
calls on ways , there are things you can bring offer

            simple straight forward directives
"so much can happen"

Freedom within the container
Simple loose structures
                      freeing - lots of things can happen

" Attention awareness" of group & self
                                          collective & choices

Creative Process
Real true authentic
immediate conveyed
Interested ( in ) individual voices

Feeling Safe with The Uncertainty
Rules - pointers

" (we ) do it because it challenges us
                                                  ( it's) very exciting to be in that space"
Embodied Collective Sharing, experience joy of communication, ease with each other, myriad of quality and emotions -

Edgy . - Process as Performance
idea of can embed authenticity - ( freer in studio)?

(In the) Zone attention focused

Spectators Audience
process (as) performance
performance as process

Eureka moments "audience invited in"
generousity - come and see what we do -

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Harry Theaker's feedback and some updates

Thank you to all those who work with us.

Harry and i enjoyed a chat the other day, this was his written response to our evaluation.

Harry Theaker      Reflections on Trebah and the Embodied Space with Shallal Dance Theatre.

Almost a year has passed since that memorable day with my fellow performer friends at Shallal sharing encounters with Trebah Gardens and the overarching Operation Starfish Film Project.
As an outside artist I relished the opportunity (one I've been wishing for)  to participate and become a Company Member in a charged performance space, with an audience, on a beach in Cornwall. What more could one ask for? 

I remembered the joy I felt in the freedom to move, interpret, find connections and magical moments collectively in response to clear contextualised themes that Jo had communicated, for instance that of departure and arrival. So much preparation, meetings, conversations, walking possible routes and identifying the Goto performance spaces, risk assessments, organisation of transport, personal assistance, etc etc and then something magical happened on the beach that day and was captured on film.

I would say that each person and performer can realise their own sense of Agency within softer structures that don't impose but liberate and support creativity and choice making. This is the beauty of the improvised space. 

Working with Shallal has been a thoroughly rewarding and nurturing.experience.
They just have a wonderful way of making you feel welcome and included especially when we meet in the performance space, the visual field, the kinaesthetic playground. 

I believe that outside artists/independent dancer performers can be enriched creatively and dynamically as human beings by experiencing the unique environment Shallal have evolved over many years of living and moving together. Could there be room for a regular program where Shallal invites artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic mediums to come and share and experience working together.

Pete Freeman
also kindly updated me on connections and comments he has had since our Newlyn event.

They both point to working more with other organisations/platforms and artists and getting the work more widely seen, (a challenge to me as i have to do less at present ) but wonderful for the whole team who can deliver so much.

Robin's short film from our Parkcor day is nearly ready for putting on Facebook and shows the fun behind it all.
Skye's song is uplifting and we are really grateful to them both,
and i am staggering through many photos, with help now, so hope we can show some of these as well.
The Parkcor gym provides a wonderful challenge and stimulus and we hope to make it an annual visit (for our own strengthening and) in warmer weather!

Al, Colin, Kerry, Pep on the scaffolding!
Shallal Sketchbooks are out and about again at Falmouth Art Gallery for half term.
Thanks to Claire.

Phoebe returns from a Conference about Unlimited
we look forward to hearing all about it.

The Studio goes from strength to strength growing into what we hope and know it can be, with 'returning' artist Fran joining us. Fran works with Tina and they may go to the studio together. (Tina's beautiful painting might hang in the lounge in her home.)
Colin has fitted a key box which enables 'out of hours' artists to access it, such as Alexandra Xierle.
We want it used as much as possible and like our groups to encompass, a whole range of society, joined by enjoying and sharing art.

Had a lovely chat also with Stuart Blackmore recently who i respect and learn a lot from.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Peter & George photos

                                                    Pete Freeman by Steve Tanner
Many thanks to both Pete for making it happen and Steve for yet another set of glorious photos celebrating our final event in this project.
I still have fingers crossed for delayed short film being worked on in South Africa, as we speak, by dear Robin.
Star mentioned the time in the Parkcor gym as a highlight of the project for all the dancers in extending themselves, it is always so good to expand and explore within a project, as in this.....there are many photos from our time there still to edit ...
a simple favourite by Anna Willis

George with his array of instruments
by Steve Tanner

George's approach was the inspiration for the whole project and pushed forwards our approach to performance improvisation. Demelza emphasised in our feedback session that to create work from improvisation is not unusual, to continue that process and exporation into performance is! and also to not know who will be there or what music will be played or the space, pushes it even further ....