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?

Detailed and expansive conversations with Ruth Little

I first met Ruth in December 2011 during a professional development programme I was part of at Sadler’s Wells. She came to give a talk about universal patterns in nature and how they relate to creativity. I was captivated and inspired and I have asked her to mentor each and every subsequent project that I’ve…

Dramaturgy workshop thoughts by Chris Nash

I attended the recent Test dramaturgy workshop at Dance4 with Martin Hargreaves primarily as a way of re-affirming my own practice (which it definitely did). What I also gained from the weekend was a re-enthusing for creativity and a re-discovery of its value, of its importance in seeing and reacting to the world around us.…

TEST

Notebook Selfies by Monsur Mansoor during weekend of TEST: Workshop in Dramaturgy facilitated by Martin Hargreaves & co-hosted by Dance4 & South East Dance. At IC4C/Dance4 Nov 11/12 in Nottingham.

TEST Nottingham – Creative Reflection by Miranda Laurence

Bright orange leaves. Hills. Red bricks. Blue sky, sun shine, white clouds. Steep stairs. White bright space, large table. Bright people.   Room with no chairs, black floor, large windows. Projected image on the wall. A circle on the floor of people sitting. No introductions, chair in the middle. Collecture. Who are all these people?…

Creating Vestige. Wayne Parsons Dance.

I have been making work for my company Wayne Parsons Dance for the last four years and have worked with Dramaturg Pooja Ghai and Writer Ankur Bahl throughout the development of each of the companies works. This blog is going to focus on my recent work Vestige and will discuss the specific way in which…

The Return of Tamoru…

Previously on The Adventures of Lionel & Mamoru…Mamoru had created 25 minutes of material with a series of low-fi and lovable props and was beginning to look at the presence and role of a second performer/narrator on stage. Fast forward two months as Mamoru and Julie (the new narrator) have been in residence at Lyra…

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…

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