A New One On Me

Susan McGuireI visited Chapter in Cardiff on Thursday evening having come down from Liverpool that day to see Ffin Dance perform. This is a marvellous venue. I’d love to have something as buzzing and lively nearby.

I have to express an interest as my niece Effie is in the  company, but I want to say what a fantastic show this was. I am not used to seeing contemporary dance but do regularly go to music and theatre events. I was really surprised and absorbed by the beauty and sheer physical exhuberance and joy in the flexibility of the body which the performances demonstrated. Having read the programme notes beforehand I was trying also to understand the interpretation of the narrative thread and this made it an experience which required incredible focus and attention to the extent that I was always amazed when each piece came to an end.

The solo (Degrees of Freedom) in which the decline of flexibility and ease of movement gradually comes to a dancer’s body was very moving.

All the pieces were stunning. I am so grateful to Ffin Dance for introducing me to a new creative experience.

Susan McGuire

Last UK date of Inspired Tour 2013

Our last UK tour date for our current triple bill of dance ~ Inspired will be Thursday 6th June at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

The show starts at 7.30pm, tickets priced £10, £8.  Please follow this link for booking

poster Inspired

Inspired leaving the nest

Missing Pages Image Paul Trask

Missing Pages
Image Paul Trask

And so here we are, it’s the opening of our tour Inspired 2013,  we open at Laban Theatre London this evening. How exciting.

Yesterday we spent the day in Studio 7 at Trinity Laban rehearsing all 3 pieces – Missing Pages, Degrees of Freedom and Axiom Tangent, putting the FFIN machine into action.  Whilst the dancers were in the studio, there was a whole lot of technical stuff going on in the theatre. The Laban Theatre technical crew under the direction of Fay Patterson, were rigging and focussing lights together with Mark Read our production manager, and setting the stage ready for today’s technical and dress rehearsals.

Photographer Paul Trask has spent the last 2 days observing the pieces and getting a good grip on some tasty shots that he will be taking for promotional material for the company.  He is an amazing artist, he will watch and wait and always seems to capture the essence of our work in his images.  We’re all looking forward to seeing the results, which of course we will share with you.

During the day, I met up with Ronen Kozokaro (composer of Synapsequence) and Oli Newman (composer of Axiom Tangent) which was great.  Made some new friends which is always good and met up with some familiar ones too – how come work is such good fun?

And so today has come – opening night later tonight – and time for Gary and I to hand over our work to the dancers and the production team.  Do we trust them?  Of course we do, our creations are now flying the nest and we are very much looking forward to sharing them with you all.

Many thanks to you for following us through our blogs, tweets and FB posts, stay with us now throughout our tour and let us know what you think of the show

sue lewis

Jumbling and Juggling….

FFIN DANCE Photo Simon Scott 2012

FFIN DANCE
Photo Simon Scott 2012

Wow, so we’re already nearing the end of this rehearsal period ready to get the Inspired tour on the road – the time has flown by. What has really struck me during this rehearsal period is how much we have had to keep juggling all of our balls in the air – it’s been a consummate effort for both minds and bodies switching between class, Missing Pages, Axiom Tangent and back again – hence the lack of blogging activity! Meg has to cope with rehearsing Degrees of Freedom on top of all of this and I really respect the sterling job she is doing (although how she is managing is beyond me – I get home of an evening and am completely physically and mentally spent as it is!).

What is incredibly evident though, in terms of being most economical and productive with time, is how much we all have to pull together as team. As Gary pointed out today, we all need to work to our own strengths and attribute different roles between ourselves – it is this sense of sharing out the workload which allows us to function.

Having learnt the mechanics of the duets for Axiom Tangent last week, we have begun setting spatial relationships and timing this week. Picking up the counts was seeming like a big ask at first but it highlighted the importance for us to trust Gary with the counting and get on with the dancing ourselves, allowing the nature of repetition to help the counts to settle and pick out important ‘marker points’ to count from.

Outside of the studio, I have been sharing lifts with Adam this week and for me this has been a really conducive part of the process. During our journey, we have just enough time to get in the mind-set to tackle the day ahead or reflect on how it has gone, bringing a sense closure to the day. It is so useful to share this discussion with someone who is going through the same process and gives us a moment to allay some of each other’s concerns. Big thanks to Adam on this front.

I am very humbled to be working with Sue, Gary, Mike, Meg and Adam – here’s to teamwork and pushing on through with rehearsals – very excited with how everything is coming together.

Effie 🙂

7 days and counting

FFIN DANCE
Laura Mumby Photography

Just one week to go and terribly excited!
Getting back into the studio after a little time away is such a pleasure, having spent the last  2 months planning our spring tour and facilitating the Winter Dance Faktry Festival, it’s great to get back in the studio with the dancers, joined by our Associate Choreographer Gary Lambert and guest teacher Ben Craft*

Having created my new work for the company Missing Pages, before Christmas, we now turn our attentions to Gary’s 2 pieces which form the triple bill for Inspired – Degrees of Freedom and Axiom Tangent.

We’ll be blogging constantly during our weeks in the studio, with inside information about the pieces and also the process.
We have guests in company class with us too, and an under graduate dance student Dan with us on work placement.  Full house.

Hope you can join us and follow our progress

*Ben Craft is a freelance dance artist based now in The Netherlands, trained at The Royal Ballet School.  Ben created and performed solo dance roles with Rambert Dance, Béjart Ballet, Michael Clark and Small Axe and has taught and choreographed widely in the UK and Europe.

For more details on how to apply for our Easter Intensive 2013 and company class please e mail Megan at megffin@gmail.com

sue lewis

All Change

Yesterday saw a change of direction for the dancers as they travelled from Wales to London to work with Gary Lambert spending a day rehearsing Synapsequence.  Next week we will be performing Synapsequence and Five Dances at the DanceLive 2012 Contemporary Dance Festival in Aberdeen.

The company has been in the studio for the past month making Missing Pages with me, so it was a complete head and body change for them to do Synapsequence.  As always, working with Gary was a pleasure and a joy.  Gary works with us again in February 2013 creating a solo for company dancer Megan entitled Degrees of Freedom together with a new ensemble for our 4 dancers, Axiom Tangent.

We are really looking forward to performing in Aberdeen next Tuesday, a first for all of us.  The Festival opening this week with Andy Howitt’s piece Deliberance, which received rave reviews.  We are hoping to make new contacts and friends and start building a Scottish following for FFIN DANCE

And so on to today – planning Half Term Holiday Dance Club, the Winter Dance Faktry Festival, Winter Intensives and tour booking.

Hope to see you next week Tuesday 23rd October at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, it’s going to be a great night.  Tickets £7.50

sue lewis