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.
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.
Details for a show currently in development.
Performance Pod 210: Prof Ramsay Burt on Katherine Dunham
Professor Ramsay Burt thinks the African-American dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham’s work has been radically under-valued and under-explored. He talks about her life and work in the latest Performance Pod.
Just after the final dress rehearsal last night, I remembered my Aikido teacher, Inaba Minoru Sensei, questioning how one might use budo (martial arts) against natural disasters. He was questioning what we were training for. I wondered if I would be happy if this was the last show I made. I wondered if the piece spoke meaningfully about my experience of the world – if it fought against my frustrations and attempted to communicate my deepest concerns. Thinking about that made me nervous. But I’m glad I did.