Prepare

This section of The Red Line is all about what you do before rehearsals begin.
What is the preparation process like for you?

A playful approach to a serious topic

We’re very close to our first preview of Reflections, and the studio is brimming with life. Tackling mental health in a theatrical format takes an element of seriousness, but Body Politic always brings an element of play to the process. Let’s start with my observations of Stephen and Derek during their first creative process last…

Working with a Dramaturg

We at Body Politic had the amazing opportunity to work with theatrical director Filiz Ozcan of Komala Collective. She was whisked in by our artistic director, Emma-Jane Greig, to offer theatrical and acting advice on one of the pieces of our triple bill – Father Figurine. Father Figurine, performed by myself (the son) and Tobi…

An Invitation: Inky Matter by Kimberley Harvey

This is an invitation. To write yourself a letter that you’ve always wanted to write… My name is Kimberley Harvey and I am a dance artist, choreographer and teacher. As part of South East Dance’s COLLABORATE scheme, I am working with Dramaturg in Residence, Lou Cope, to create a new solo work, entitled ‘Inky Matter’.…

Articulacy

I’ve always thought of myself as an in-articulate person, someone who struggles with putting what’s going on in my head into words. It’s a bit like there’s sometimes a blockage between my body that feels and thinks and knows, and my mouth. That’s why I like dance – the 3-dimensionality of it; the full, rounded,…

Working with Spoken Word Poetry in theatrical work

Theatre is one of the most powerful storytelling mediums in the arts. Whether through the script, or through the performance, theatre has a magical way of getting ideas across to its audiences. Hip Hop dance theatre is still young; under two decades if you mark the works of Jonzi D, Benji Reid, Robert Hylton and…

When there is no dramaturg – by Neil Callaghan

“Last night I woke up with someone squeezing my hand. It was my other hand” William S.Burroughs – Naked Lunch When there is no dramaturg, we might find ourselves employing dramaturgical strategies to further the clarity of our own work. The following text is intended as a useful list for dramaturgs, or those who wish…

Inevitability of Change by Fin Walker

I worked with a dramturge over a 2 week period on research for IOC. It was invaluable having a dramaturge present for the duration of the project. Why? Each Day Claire Macdonald reflected all she had experienced throughout the day back to me. How? Through words written and sporadic, formulated in the moment upon reflection…

PREPARE 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.…

Thinking laterally and vertically and conjuring new realities by Katy Pendlebury

TEST – Thinking laterally and vertically and conjuring new realities A desire to learn more about dramaturgical approaches and to test them out on the germ of an idea for a new work led me to this workshop organised by South East Dance. Through group activities we explored “the potential of language as a generative form” and…

Re-Manifesto

I am. To Pixelate. The abscess at the back of your neck. I am emerging, in a gap, unfixed, an Output and input. I am home. I am not. Going to say that. I only will do what I derive strength from. And the next question would be…? I can turn things around. It will…

Burroughs, List making and Dramaturgy

Led by Martin Hargreaves, Guest Dramaturg at South East Dance TEST took place over two consecutive days at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth. The aim of the intensive was to explore dramaturgical practice with a small group of selected artists. I have very little previous experience of working with a dramaturg per se however I…

Manifesto 1.0 by Yami Lofvenberg

Response to Test Dramatrugy Workshop Manifesto 1.0: Men are mortals but maybe women are not. We should awknolege our history ..Fish and chips, football, english humour , john gleese and bad weather …but not be defined by it, do what you want to do, not what is expected of you. Don’t be a record of…

Understanding ourselves and understanding characters – Week 1

Our new and exciting journey began last weekend with a two-day R&D process (4th – 5th Nov), with the focus on character development and self-development as artists and performers. The topic at hand – mental health – is one that we believe needs a lot of time to talk through, in order to fully understand…

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