Wednesday, 11 January 2017


A new monitor, a new composer!
So I am such a fan of R&D and residencies being so much a process person but also we all need a product/performance/showing/sharing to give it all focus, with improvisation you see performance every week, really my job is just to keep an eye out for it. Last nights Shallal 2 had 3 instances of work we can redo and keep looking at for our next show: 'men' in hats, the box brought in by Erin and Maz and a spontaneous dance to Zo's violin playing with Leigh, Jo, Maz and Miles.
Back to new monitor which was installed for last week of Helston Show yesterday. A slide show of wonderful images by Oli Raymond Barker and Emily Dobson, startling different in Oli's minimal clean clear space, one dancer with sounds, to Emily on the last day when all had been stretched and played with up to 8 dancers/artists, ink, sticks, paintings on floor and walls, and interspersed with a few other images of the month to show what was happening.
Victoria sent over a track by Darcy which i loved and though it is seen as something to dance to it's quiet beauty sits well with watching images, so we have used it,with the slide show, but will also use it in sessions to see who responds to it.

So new monitor, new composer!
The monitor means we can show films in exhibition of Doorways work in the future and show work back to groups on a good size screen.
In thinking of our hoped for permanent studio we would have a resident digital art mentor in Stuart, as well as painting, printing, drawing and now as i write this re-looking at Oli's wonderful evocative photos, stretching photography as well.

I am still on the hunt for a textile/costume/fashion artist to work in collaboration with Zoe Wilton, it has been many years now and we have had limited success, trialled projects, installations but still no-one we can readily call upon, or who just gets enough of a buzz out of it to continue and develop it.

The symbiotic nature of the work is what we are constantly looking for, it is a fragile but strong and flexible thing!
("Comedy - there was so much comedy in Kerry's dance piece and in Jo Lumber's poetry and the audience loved it.  I didn't realise there was so much space for comedy and laughter in Shallal."
comment from audience response/evaluation from Private view.
It is that joy and fun we look for, as it also supports taking risks and emotional depth and trust that is needed, and a level of enjoyment which then readily gives time and support to others.)
George's new adaptation for music!

We are very fortunate to have Pep with all his skills with us and obviously Kerry and Colin. Watch out for Kerry's wish to do aerial work, and we just heard of someone local with movable gear!!! no excuses now!

So we maybe looking for someone to push the 'box' Crossborders, cross art form idea forwards with me, which i am brewing from the residency, or they might just be here already or pop up.  It needs film, and web intelligence to set it up. If no-one available we shall see how far we can go ......

Heading of to first day back at Liskeard group with Demelza, as Tom is away, and Jo Lumber may come to for a day out!
Many thanks to Nick for easy read version of our poster!
(yes and i couldn't download the poster with our phone number,  on however at present it is the least effective way of contacting us)

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