Empathy Behind-the-scenes video series #3
By Neon Dance
If you are involved in making performance – as a choreographer, maker, dramaturg, producer or performer – then this is the place for YOU.
THE RED LINE is the brainchild of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope and is inspired by the French phrase ‘le fil rouge’ (which is used to describe the ‘common thread’ that runs through the heart of a show,
or in this case – a making process).
A place to spark dramaturgical thinking as you experience the preparation, making and presentation of performance work.
A place to blast open the studio doors
delve into the how, rather than the what
reveal process, rather than ideas
share and learn…
An introduction to The Red Line by Lou Cope, South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence
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This section of The Red Line is all about what you do before rehearsals begin.
What is the preparation process like for you?
How do you begin?
Where do your ideas come from?
How much, or how little, do you know on Day 1?
How do you prepare – alone, or with someone?
What does R&D mean to you?
What do you do outside of the studio?
You sharing aspects of your practice might enrich mine. But it won’t make me you. It’s nice that we can support and evolve each other don’t you think?
Artists work in an ‘overly silent land’ of intuition and private activity.
The idea that my work might be judged by people who have seen the hour long show that purports to represent the last 6 months of process seems ridiculous to me. I wish I could show them my process instead.
This section of The Red Line explores what happens during rehearsals.
As we all know, it can be the best and worst of times.
What is the making process like for you?
Do you have a methodology or is every process different?
Is there a part of the process that you particularly enjoy, or feel particularly good at?
What mistakes do you most often make?
How do you adapt to different styles of performers?
How do your works get structured?
How do you get through blocks/over hurdles?
How do you get feedback on what’s developing?
This section of THE RED LINE is about show time:
how to give your work to an audience and how to
What is the presenting process like for you?
How do you cope with technical and dress rehearsals?
How do you prepare performers for performance?
How do you feel about articulating what it is you have made?
How do you gather feedback, and what do you do with it?
How much does your work change by being repeatedly performed?
Do you always, or ever, like your work?
By Neon Dance
What makes our behaviour uniquely human? Neon Dance experimented with new ways in which to engage with its audience in late 2015, inviting filmmaker Tom Schumann to capture high quality behind-the-scenes footage of the company and its collaborators during the production Empathy’s making process. “From the beginning it was all about keeping it simple. Only working…