Ici, c'est un petit coin de paradis pour les travailleurs acharnés, les créateurs qui cherchent sans cesse et qui ne s'épuisent jamais. Vivre dans le studio est le rêve. Encore mieux quand dehors il fait -12 : l'excuse parfaite pour ne pas sortir.
Et puis, la pièce vous suit, dort avec vous et s'étale physiquement sur plusieurs mètres carrés (corps, cahiers, images, inspirations, sons) .
TOYS prend forme, on trouve sa chair et ses contours.. JOUR-16 avant l'ouverture.
Aujourd'hui il s'agissait de comprendre nos personnages, de se raconter des histoires, de se rapprocher différemment... erm.
Our fifth day in the studio here in London is over! And so is the week.
We spent most of the morning improvising… and magic happened.
We structured the beginning of the piece and we said goodbye to TOYS for a good month. Next time, we will be in Grenoble…. and it will be January 2017.
Thank you to Arts Council for supporting these wonderful, creative and rich R&D sessions. Thank you to Dance City Newcastle and The Place London for having us working in your studios!
MASSIVE thank you to the incredible dancers who threw themselves full heartedly, Rosie, Elsa, Joss, James and Lewis!
This morning was glorious; it was all about sharing and experimenting.
Thank you so much to everyone who made it to the workshop (on a Saturday morning!) and who generously played the game.
Some of the words that came back about this morning's session are.... playful, fun, intensity, challenging, subtle, open.
The workshop was definitely a physical approach to the questions we raised on Thursday during the open discussion. Someone said this morning: "It made me wonder if pleasure is something we find within ourselves or if we need others to achieve it, and to which degree?"
In the afternoon, Danilo Moroni joined us for the making of the second teaser. Our first collaboration in July was very exciting and I cannot wait to see what magical images he will come up with this time.
Tomorrow is already our last day. WHAT?
Today was an other special day as we opened the door of our studio to share our experiments, our discoveries and our old affairs.
One of the most beautiful feedback "The Sharing was very strong, entertaining and enjoyable, physically and emotionally" and an other one saying "I felt sensory sensations".
TOYS little by little is growing... It was really really helpful for us to share few extracts.
Thank you for all the thoughts, comments and questions raised!
And thank you to the performers who are so committed and playing the game to perfection!!
or the day we found out there is not 1 definition of Pleasure. But around 10 000.
Today on top of devising more of our moving paintings and our highly jumping birds, we had the pleasure (yes) to chat with Thomas Stern (UCL) about pleasure, hedonism and the idea of performing pleasure.
Taking physically the space to understand our own definitions of pleasure, we realised that all of those definitions could be criticised and thus abandoned, for an other one, which could also be criticised and thus abandoned, for an other one etc.
This is what we have discussed > What is pleasure? > What is the difference between pleasure and Entertainment and THEN what is TOYS? Is it an entertainment? (= try to please) and finally, how do we get to perform pleasure?
We all left the room wanting more, more food for thoughts, more time with Tom. 1h30 flies by. 1 day in a studio flies by.
YES Tom and I will be back together and with you on that!
I think I am understanding that when it comes to devising; at least in my head; motion comes before emotion. I need a frame and I trust that it will be then filled with emotions/interpretation. The frame will be inhabited, coloured and will genuinely come to life.
Today, we made shapes and we inhabited them. Or started to.
We were lucky that Elodie Frati from Moving Dynamics gave us a wonderful yoga class this morning, we shared our souls and our sweats. The day finished with a meeting with Tom, UCL Lecturer; we talked hedonism, performance and pleasure in order to prepare together the discussion that will happen tomorrow afternoon.
Yes, we had a great first day back in the studio and I cannot wait for tomorrow morning again..........
Today (well, yesterday) was the last day of a creatively very rich week.
Danilo Moroni joined us for the afternoon so we could create more images and a 1 minute teaser. TOYS and more to follow. How will we develop the new BIRDS section/ how will our BALL evolve/ what will the emotional journey of the performer unfold and will the audience stand up and dance with us?
Next stop is Oulu, Jojo Dance Centre, in Finland. September, be here quickly!
Credit Picture: Danilo Moroni
It is always quite hard to chose what to share... You want to give a taste of what the piece will be like, but you also want to test the ideas you've been developping in the studio.
And for the first time, I could work and research without having to show a polished work-in-progress (or without putting the pressure on myself, to present a polished work-in-progress!).
And as a result of this... tranquility of mind... the sharing was a super positive experience: we chatted, I heard feedbacks, I asked questions, we shared our experience of dancing, partying...
The CAT students were with us during the sharing and hopefully the work made them question what forms dance can embrace.
Credit picture: Georges Maikel Pires Monteiro
Right. Today, OBSESSION got a name and it is: our new bird section. 1m30 is just the beginning of something absolutely fantastic (we hope).
We also had a 2h workshop: with Alicia, Rosie, Lizzie, Wayne and Alex, we worked on our good old macarena section and on the group improvisation we call the BALL. It was absolutely great to try different sections with more than 5 bodies. We kept on working and digging the concept of the 5 levels (of physicality and emotions) and shared thoughts and discoveries with them. Suddenly our playground was wider, broader and richer.
In the meantime Martin and I are discussing sounds and are musically trying things...
Credit picture: Georges Maikel Pires Monteiro
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