It is one thing to work the body, but when your mind is working equally hard, it becomes exhausting. All of the company seems to be feeling the strain, however the moments of joy come from dedicated repetition and embodiment. It’s such a pleasure to dance with such a dedicated group of people and that gives me great inspiration.
With new roles within the company, there is a clarity which has given birth to new life and what feels like the start of a new journey.
With just a month to go before our première at The Met, rehearsals of Duetti and True are really challenging our technical ability; unforgiving movement tearing up our feet as we push on to grasp the many tours en l’air (360 jumps) and the constant play of levels, I can’t help but feel both anticipation and excitement.
The Power Of 3 Tour 2015 continues…
After many delays and hours of travel, we find ourselves stepping into a beautiful castle. To me it feels like I am staying in a museum; art everywhere and interesting design and architectural features
The tour is offering a wonderful balance of dance and relaxation, it feels completely backwards to be on the receiving end of hospitality and service from the Princess and her family instead of offering it. They are all so kind and it’s wonderful being welcomed into their home.
Our “stage” is the mirrored ballroom of the castle – spinning around the room and being able to catch a glimpse of yourself is magical, indeed everything about this place keeps surprising us with magical moments.
We have reworked Gary’s piece from duet to trio. The movement hasn’t changed but it has altered the relationships between the three of us in the space. It’s interesting as it leaves room for doubt, but also a nice sense of ownership as we have the choice and ability to change the state by simply walking into the space or not. I think Gary has some surprises to put into action for the performance, a sense of the unknown. That’s quite an exciting concept to look forward to.
Sue’s piece feels different from before, not only because we’ve altered the spacing to work within he round, but also because the space is so vast it allows me to regain a sense of the freedom which I had in creating the work. The space is so big and I have room to push the boundaries and travel which is something which has always driven my movement.
I really look forward to the performance and the rest of my time here in Namedy.
But for now I’m going to continue sunbathing (like in Picasso’s Three Bathers) by the Rhine.
Tuesday was photo shoot day with Paul Trask in the Ffin Dance studios so there was an unusual amount of preening going on! Having helpfully been sent YouTube tutorials by Sue, we donned the smoky eye look and then set about creating some sleek up-dos with our hair. Let it be noted here that despite having had Meg as a personal hairdresser on tour for the last couple of tours, I was in demand when it came to styling Tash and Cat’s hair!
With hair and make-up up to standard, we danced various sections from both Fascination and D-Cay to capture some images for our marketing material for The Power of 3 Tour coming up in 2015. Due to the nature of the photos being taken and the flash that was being used, we were quite restricted in the amount of space we had to dance in – being limited to only a quarter of the stage space.
Throughout the day, we had a chance to look at the photos on the camera after we’d run a short section which helped to inform our placement and direction before repeating the process. It’s also interesting for us to see those ‘in between’ and transitional moments caught on camera – sometimes it’s rather difficult to figure out from what physical material the moment has been captured!
So there you have it – a quick little insight into our flashy photo day…keep a look out for the new shots hitting your screens on the Ffin website, twitter and facebook pages!
Returning to the valleys for rehearsals this time around has had a really heightened sense of change for me. For a start, it feels like the intervening time from when I was last here in May has been particularly long, on top of that, both Meg and Mike who have been constants since my first Ffin encounters have moved on to pastures new. Oh, and even the family who I stay with during my time here have moved house – adding an extra half hour of driving round lost at the end of my commute here last weekend: trying to negotiate roadworks and ignoring the satnav’s instructions to mosey on through no-entry signs and the wrong way down one-way streets!
Change is what keeps you moving forward though – and let’s face it we’re bang on trend, even coinciding with regeneration on Doctor Who! Our first week back in rehearsals has been fresh and challenging – we have welcomed Natasha Wade and it is lovely to have her as a new input into company life. Each day of the week has resulted in the creation of material with distinctly different energies and I look forward to seeing how Sue will weave this all together next week.
So here’s to embracing change, putting our best feet forward and seeing what new journeys emerge in our pieces and that our 2015 tour will take us on…
In less than 2 days time, I will be back in the studio with the dancers making my new piece for the company – Fascination.
The work centres around the fascination that the artist Picasso had for painting 3 figures in much of his work. Three musicians, three dancers, three women, three bathers and more. This fascination with three, called triaphilia, has inspired artists and designers for many centuries and still continues into our daily lives: sneeze three times and make a wish, knock three times before you enter, bad luck comes in threes et al. The figure three also has magical and spiritual connotations like the Trinity, 3 pyramids at Gaza, faith/hope/charity.
It’s this fascination that we will be looking at.
We welcome new company dancer Natasha Wade into our studio on Monday, we hope that she will enjoy being a part of our team and wish her well.
I’ll be tweeting and posting on our Facebook and Instagram profiles over the next couple of weeks, hope you’ll join us on our journey.
This season we say goodbye to 2 of our dancers who have been with us for 4 years. Mike will be moving on to concentrate on his role as a choreographer and personal trainer, we wish him well in his new ventures and very much hope that we see him on a regular basis. Assistant to the company director, Megan Griffiths, will also be leaving us after 4 years. Megan will be moving on to diversify her performing skills and will also be sorely missed by the company. She will be fondly remembered by us all.
Natasha Wade Image Paul Trask
We welcome Natasha Wade to the company as from September: she has been a friend of the company for the past year, attending our Professional Performance Development course and also spending time taking class with us. Her biog will appear soon on our company page. She is a beautiful dancer and will bring a new sparkle to our team.