From 21st September I will spend 2 weeks in Glasgow working with Rosanna Irvine on developing new work. We have time and space to work on extending the performance piece Material+Transition which we presented as part of Breath Pieces, at Tramway in June last year.
Material+Transition works with the material possibilities of sound prior to the emergence of language using a compositional structure that involves deep listening, progressive, embedded transitions and ‘melding’ of sounds – so displacing the individual voice. We will take this approach to develop compositional methods for working also with gesture and towards language, to create ‘some variations’ that seek always to exceed the dualism of two: the binary of you and me.
Through the second week we will be at The Workroom in Tramway, and we plan to share some of the outcomes of our working on Friday 4th October at 6.00pm.
The trailer for Breath Pieces, Rosanna Irvine’s performance project I took part in at Tramway, Glasgow in June 2018 is now online at Vimeo.
The performance is available for touring, and we are actively seeking venues / dates for the coming year.
On Saturday June 23rd 2018 I took part in the premiere of Rosanna Irvine’s Breath Pieces at Tramway, Glasgow. We had been working together on a section over the previous months, ‘material and transitions’ a vocal sound piece or ‘duet’. Irvine had also worked with three other dancer-performers on other sections of the work. The company of five spent a week working in the space at Tramway to develop the live event, which combined drawing, speech, breath, dance, movement, actions and blowing bubbles and deflating balloons. We had an attentive and supporting audience for the first public showing, and I look forward to touring the work to other venues in the future. More details of the project and the ideas we were working with can be found at the Breath Pieces website.
Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with Rosanna Irvine to develop an element for the performance project Breath Pieces. This aspect of the project will premiere at Tramway in Glasgow on Saturday 23rd June.
Breath Pieces draws on Eastern breath practices – including martial arts and yoga – to investigate the material and energetic qualities of breath. Conceived as an expanded choreographic project, it operates across art forms in the creation of multiple pieces. In each piece the actuality of the breathing breath is the driving force for the visceral emerging of kinetic, sonic and visual imagery. The event at Tramway brings together many of the pieces in an immersive performance experience. Each piece is distinct though at times overlapping or interacting with other pieces. Audience is mobile. Breath is everywhere.
The work is part of an ongoing research project Breath Pieces by Rosanna Irvine.
More information and booking via the Tramway website
On September 9th I will be one of seven performers in the premiere presentation of Breathing Line by Rosanna Irvine.
Breathing Line is a live event, part human sculpture, part series of actions and exchanges, that will happen in Sneinton Market, Nottingham between 1130 and 1400hrs on Saturday 9th September. The work begins with a group of closely coordinated performers processing through the streets near the Market. Marking their passage, they lay a trail of £1 coins. Participants are then asked to commit to a positive action in exchange for 10 of these pound coins. The work raises questions around exchange and transaction, and invites reflection on our sense of value and what we imagine a positive action might be.
Breathing Line is commissioned and produced by Dance4.
It is part of Rosanna Irvine’s Figure Series, funded by Arts Council England.
Rosanna has posted a short piece discussing the background to the work here.