Make

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?

Someone else’s role: echoes and empathy with Neon Dance

Learning new choreography is an everyday part of a dancer’s life, but learning a part that was created for someone else brings different, sometimes unexpected, challenges. In April I sat in on rehearsals for Neon Dance’s production, Empathy, where newest cast member Luke was learning his part ahead of a performance at The Edge, Bath.…

Getting The BREWBAND Back Together

After spending time in the studio as a writing roadie for Marc Brew Company’s BREWBAND (Scotland’s new super band – that blurs boundaries and challenges people’s perception of identity) this is a glimpse inside some moments of remembering, construction and rehearsal at The Work Room, Glasgow in early April 2017. Sitting alongside band leader Marc…

Some random thoughts on the process of making Sulphur

Images © Lens & Pixel – Be careful when you have a glimmer of an idea. You might just manifest it. – There were three terrifying moments during the making of the Sulphur. Like sick-making. Vastly out of proportion considering the task in hand (it’s just a show at the end of the day). These…

Matters arising in ‘Inky Matter’

Sunday 16 April 2017 Dear Reader, What a creative few months it has been! When I found out that I was going to be part of the South East Dance’s Collaborate programme towards the end of last year, ‘Inky Matter’ didn’t exist. All I knew was that this was a solo that I desperately wanted…

I, We, You

I am trying to keep this reflective I am trying to keep this open I am trying to keep this an evolving process.   I am trying not to judge the initial thoughts that surface I am trying not to get to the end as quickly as possible I am trying not to think about…

Triptych with Flesh Frames

To hold one A grippy body lock Of muscle block A tight fist of History Clinging on In tissue For fear For trying too hard For not having to feel Or fall Into lightness or Sometimes anything at all In that numbed up of flesh Holding back Bracing against Sometimes with good reason In the…

HOW AN ARTIST IS FELLED by The Anonymous Artist

How an Artist is felled. ? – … … … – Artistic director of venue X offers Artist residency with in-kind support for space and £500 of match funding for running workshops. – Artist runs workshops and invoices £300 for the 2 workshops. – Artist asks about the rest of the match funding as workshop…

The Anonymous Artist

I am going to post some heartfelt words written by an artist I know. The words will be posted by me in order for them to remain anonymous. They are a personal expression of how it is for this person to work in this industry. In discussing whether or not to post them, we talked…

The art of collaboration – two choreographers, one project.

Body Politic has been working with choreographers Derek Mok and Stephen Brown for just over 4 years. From our Breezeblocks project to our first theatrical piece ‘Reflections’ last year, their choreographic style has been embedded in our company. Yet it’s always growing and ever-changing, whilst still rooted in their unique showcasing of Hip Hop Dance.…

Rite of passage: from imagining to making by Elena Molinaro

Weeks after TEST, the lemon slices are still present. Yellow and bright they evoke the power of Greater Intelligence, which according to Mayan cosmology is yellow in colour, sunflower to lemon. They multiply and accumulate in front of my eyes to form a big yellow circle made of hundreds of lemon slices. I crouch and…

Distancing myself from unconscious – by Simone Mousset

This November I was very excited to be part of the TEST workshop exploring dramaturgy in Bournemouth. Here is a half-remembered quote from the first day: We are looking for tools and means to engage in a dialogue, possibly with someone else, or with ourselves. Let’s call this dramaturgy. With this in mind, Martin Hargreaves’ proposal for…

Make by Katie Dale-Everett

I first encountered dramaturgy as a participant of EMBED-Artist (2015), when I was creating a new piece of choreography Digital Tattoo (2015) within five days. As an artist supported by the South East Dance Emerging Artist Programme, I received a day working with dramaturg Lou Cope. This initial insight immensely influenced my approach to working.…

How does our stage and setting design fit our characters?

Body Politic’s second rehearsal began with more discussion. With only choreographers Stephen Brown and Derek Mok, Artistic Director Emma-Jane Greig, and myself (Isaac Ouro) present, our aim this time was getting down to the nitty gritty stuff! A self-critique we identified was the short amount of time spent on preparation whilst making the original Reflections…

Creating dialogue, casting spells by Jessica Greer

TEST Dramaturgy Workshop We had two days of immersing ourselves in dramaturgical tools for self practice – which gave me lots of ideas and provocations to take away and use. We focused a lot on the power of words. As tools and rules for doing (verbs), as creators or shapers of practice (manifestos), or for…

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