"When the female musician 'got it' you can see on her face that she had tuned into the language of the choreo - just gorgeous. Loved this. I'm in a creative muddy puddle at the moment and this helped massively - thank you x" audience review
Many years ago I worked extensively with Ines Boza - from SenZaTempPo & Pina Bausch Company. And then with Royal Dutch Ballet choreographer Wayne Eagling who went onto run English National Ballet. I think these commissions meant that when I returned to filming in this digital era I first leant towards dance.
So I asked dancer and choreographer Stephanie Derrick (née Potter) if she would be into making a film and, being ace, she said yes! I originally wanted to capture something about the strength and shape of her brilliant dancers' legs... which sounds creepy I know but is what I explained. Stephanie was amazing - throwing herself so completely into the role and the hard work - exactly what dance is.
We had one afternoon. I was expecting a 10-min film maybe. I asked Mark Pollard to play the role of a choreographer - and to arrive about an hour after myself and Steph started. Then I asked musician Martyn Hawcroft - who is in the band with Mark that he mentions in the film. Only she was at the football and could not come till say 5.30? Perfect. This gave an instant three part structure for the film. Enough to get going and see what emerges - for real and for the film.
Later I added a poem, a philosophy - inspired by this captured process and the other work myself and others were doing at Creator College, the venue here, teaching youngsters and teachers how to create, perform, direct.
" The sounds are so beautiful...the clicking of the blinds... the turning off of air con. The inner monologue....the most annoying phrases in dance is 'you make it look so effortless'...I always feel like saying.. try watching with the FULL, truthful sounds...the struggle for breath...the inner monologue as ideas hit, the crash of a bad landing... so many moments I loved about this...the complete focus of the dancer whilst being asked 'make a noise...make a noise that exceeds'... " audience review
"The interjection of small talk whilst you're trying to battle on... the pressure against the clock to create with eyes watching and clock ticking... Made me quite emotional to remember the pressures of professional dance... The lady is such an amazing choreographer, too...the way she expresses and vocalise her ideas and process" audience review
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