And so ends our second creative period for this season. For the past 2 weeks we have spent time in the studio with company dancer, Catrin Lewis, who has been making a new piece for the company which is inspired by scenarios surrounding the Omaha Beach Landing in World War 2.
D-cay is a moving exploration of events which takes the dancers into a physicality which is grounded in extensive research from witness accounts and historical documentation.
The third piece of work which makes up our new triple bill for The Power Of 3 Tour 2015 involves a new piece by our Associate Choreographer Gary Lambert. Gary and I are excitedly planning this venture and we’ll fill you in very soon.
Next, we turn our energies to our Winter Intensive for professional dancers which is December 11th-13th, where we invite trained dancers to come and spend 3 days in our studio in Wales, UK where they will undertake intensive technical instruction and learn current repertory. If you’d like more information on this, please follow this link.
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After an indulging three weeks off, I begin to gather all my scraps of paper together to start with the lovely ladies of FFIN DANCE on Monday morning. Under a tight ten day creative period, it is of importance to me that I over-prepare, as those of you that are familiar with my lack of organisation skills will know that Megan and Lizzie tend to act as diaries for me! We say goodbye to Stand Up Straight and delve into a very different world from events that took place on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. 1 of 5 beaches that the American Allies tried to land in extremely unfortunate conditions. Little did they know that German general Rommel had every inch of the coast covered with canons, mines and explosives causing 66% casualties in only minutes of the initial attack.
Why had the men come ashore under the false pretext that they would be facing little to no enemy resistance on the beaches? What had gone wrong to produce such high casualties amongst the assaulting infantry? The tales and tribulations are endless from this tragic disaster, so the concentration for me as choreographer is to not recreate WW2, but to facilitate characteristics and highlight elements that can be explored through the human form. Creating an intensity and vulnerability for both dancers and audience members. That’s enough for now, but do follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates regarding new work.
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