An image of Kelsey Burns and me during research and development at NYU in the spring. The project was looking at the how we might use somatic practices and contemporary performance aesthetics to stage/adapt/appropriate Titus Andronicus. I’m excited to say that I’ll be developing this work further with Christian Billing in 2018 at the University of Hull. We’re making a mash up of Ovid, Titus and Hecuba to present to the esteemed folk from Theatre Without Borders.
I am editing a special issue of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, focusing on training for immersive, interactive and participatory performance. The deadline for proposals for articles and essays is the 30th of November.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been adapting my theatre piece about rage, justice and terrorism, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, for the wonderful Resonance 104.4FM (available online for those of us outside London). The programme has been produced by Nicholas Edwards-Longstaff. It will be on at 8pm on Wendesday 2nd March.
The piece is part of an ongoing creative attempt to link autobiographical storytelling with documentary and essay forms. My aim is to bring intimacy to the exploration of complex political and social issues. I hope it works for you.
I went to meet with a Stroke Association Communication Support Group this week – talking about what life is like after stroke. It was pretty humbling. The conversation was the first stage of a project that seeks to find ways of representing some of those experiences using storytelling, dance and music. I will be collaborating with the saxophonist Jesse Bannister and the dancer Annika Kompart.
There will be a presentation of work in development in the Donald Roy Theatre at the University of Hull on April 21st at 7:30pm. It will be followed by a discussion with the audience and stake-holders.
This project is kindly supported by the Ferens Educational Trust.
I was pleased (and nervous) to present the first draft my new piece, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, in the Hull Truck rehearsal room on Wednesday. I got some lovely and helpful feedback from the game and sympathetic crew that came to watch. Very much looking forward to presenting the finished item at the Grow Festival in June. Slightly panicking about having to learn 6000 words – even if I did write them.
On Wednesday (7th January 2015) I’m installing my new piece The Surfaces of Understanding at the Ferens Art Gallery. It is a 3D audio video piece presenting an integrated portrait of five different people. It will be in the foyer of the Live Art Space and is free.
Skin and facial health therapist Dr Katerina Steventon has provided an accompanying guide to the piece which encourages participants to make links between the installation and other works in the Ferens’ collection.
The Being Human Festival starts today. My piece, A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin, is the University of Hull’s contribution. It’s a loose adaptation of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, inviting you to put on headphones and take a walk through urban space. It asks you to look at the city through Benjamin’s eyes and become the roving soul expressed in his philosophy.
Download the file here, get some headphones and get walking! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/roving-soul-university-hull/id940073753?mt=2
Thanks to the University of Hull, the School of Advanced, Study, University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.