And so to a tiny lul in the FFIN DANCE calendar.
The Easter dance faktry festival and intensives (April 24th/25th) were amongst our most successful in terms of participation, audience figures and quality since we started these activities back in 2008. Lots of happy dancers young and older and happy parents and friends, it was a great event.
Then on to London. On Tuesday I travelled up to Trinity Laban to join Megan and Catrin who have been working with Gary Lambert on a new duet for our Still Standing Tour. The work ‘Being’ was being shown as a private sharing in a low-key, informal setting which was truly beautiful. Gary invited the onlookers to enter the space and move around to watch the dancers from all angles and to get up close and personal. Some great feedback and also an invite to show the work at a gallery in the future. We will be showing the duet in our home theatre, The Met on May 15th and other venues on the tour.
This year saw our first group of students entered for A Level Dance through our ffin dance faktry. They had their practical moderation on Thursday and all did really well, we are hoping for some excellent results, just the written exam now in June, so fingers crossed for them.
A few days catching up in the office now awaits after a day off to recharge my batteries, I very much hope to see you at one of the tour venues.
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Whilst I have been keeping the dance faktry wheels turning in Wales, our Associate Choreographer, Gary Lambert, has been working with company dancers Megan and Catrin in London. They’ve been creating a new duet which will première later this month (date to be confirmed next week)
Gary’s been working with the dancers in a very different way, creating work which has a distinct flavour of his time spent in the States last summer.
“It’s a generic response to being in the universe” Gary told me this morning, in what I can only describe to you as a marvellously inspiring phone call: “it’s not choreographed as such, it’s a real response seen through the eyes and emotions of the 2 dancers”
The result is a work that may suggest unique responses and narratives to the audience. Gary will now be filming the dancers thoughts and reactions during the process of the work. It’s been fast and often very intense, emotionally draining sometimes too. Catrin has found it to be like a retrospective glance at her friendship with Megan, they’ve been dancing together for 10 years now since they were teenagers together in Wales.
“It’s a bit like growing up” she says “the duet is very sensitive, and it’s been a great privilege working with Gary in the studio in such an intense way”
You can take a look at the piece here, shot in rehearsal
Being will be first shown in a private sharing later this month and will come to Wales on Thursday May 15th at our home theatre, The Met in Abertillery.
So far so good!!
Catrin and I have so far spent two wonderful rehearsals with Gary improvising following some ‘rules’ that Gary has set
He’s filmed quite a bit of the improvisations and from these we will pick out the bits that are ‘good’ to create phrases. Similar to how I structured ‘Megan’s corner’ in Degrees of Freedom, my solo by Gary last season.
It’s a very interesting process to get inside of Gary’s mind. He said that this is often how he makes material and phrases but he now has a process that he can follow to generate the material.
I think he’s looking to set more ‘rules’ for the improvs in order to get different moods/material.
It was quite funny how often Cat and myself were unaware of what the other was doing but would often pick up on the language of material that the other was doing.
The piece is going to be about ‘being’. Gary doesn’t believe in the term movement for movements sake, as dance is an experience both for the audience and the dancer. He describes it a lot more eloquently than that but that is the gist of what I have gathered!
Really looking forward to continuing with the work, keep dropping by, it’s going to be great.