Work I’m In

TO SUIT, LIZZIE J KLOTZ

TO SUIT is a dance theatre exploration of human interaction, developed through comparing human courtship rituals to the behaviour of birds. I was asked to perform for Lizzie J Klotz back in January 2016. We developed TO SUIT over the summer and premiered it at Dance City as part of their Dance Edits platform on September 24th. TO SUIT was commissioned by Dance City and supported by Arts Council England.

I acted as a writer and dancer within the piece, developing a short piece of performative text. My involvement in this work and it’s continued touring / development over this academic year has been incredibly influential in my own practice, developing psycho-physical techniques within performance, plotting character journeys, improving the clarity of my delivery of text, and developing my technique and ability in dance.

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photography: Camilla Greenwell


STATE OF GRACE, AND ALL THE HUMANS WILL BE ELIMINATED

I have been working as part of State of Grace’s core ensemble – a North East based physical theatre company led by Ben Ayrton – since February 2015. This has involved regular training practicing techniques rooted in traditions of  physical theatre, namely those founded by companies such as Odin Teatret and individuals like Jerzy Grotowski. This work has been massively informative of my practice, exploring performative methods of combining text and movement, developing movement techniques, and broadening my psychological depth and ability within performance.

We undertook a two week process to create a full length piece of work -And All The Humans Will Be Eliminated – in March 2016. These creative processes and means of generating choreographed material have fed into my own work, beginning with movement or text based tasks and then placing additional impositions upon this activity as it is developed. 

State of Grace’s Premier of And All The Humans Will Be Eliminated was performed on the 29th and 30th March at the Great Hall in the Discovery Museum, Newcastle. The 70 minute show consisted of 6 characters, each dancing to find salvation. Performed by Charlie Dearnley, Peter Kerry-Forbes, Lizzie J Klotz, Rosie Macari,  Alicia Meehan and Alys North, led by Ben Ayrton. Movement was created collaboratively under Ben’s narrative prescription.

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Video of adapted performance of And All The Humans Will Be Eliminated at Dance City’s Northern Platforms. (password: SOG2016)

MILLIONFISH, LIZZIE J KLOTZ

I have been developing a short piece of text to be used as a screenplay for a new Dance Film by Lizzie J Klotz – MILLIONFISH. This work has challenged my understanding of performative text, considering how a piece of writing will be interpreted by a group of other performers, it has thus enhanced my intention and clarity within my writing.

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STATE OF GRACE WORKSHOP INTENSIVE, 01/15, DANCE CITY, NEWCASTLE

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Psychophysical ensemble training. A weekend of performative exploration encompassing dance, movement and text with an emphasis on group interaction. The weekend culminated in a 40 minute free improvisation performance. All made possible by State of Grace and Dance City, with thanks to Lizzie Klotz and Ben Ayrton. Video filmed and edited by Matt Jamie.