SOME TIMES will be my first full-length work, and a move to studio theatre (or similar) context. This marks a new phase of making: integrating materials of movement, writing and singing. The project develops ideas from past works around sociality or ways of being together, but is a move from the cognitively-driven installed works I have been making to a more content-driven work. SOME TIMES explores how shifts in scales can offer different possibilities of thinking about where we are in the contemporary moment. This happens through dances of electrons; evolutionary theories of cooperation and competition as scores to develop material; embodiment of geological time as a dance of tectonic plates; social dance such as in English folk dance and various ways of being together through geometrical / rhythmical organisation.
The project began in the UK in 2017 with r&d support from Arts Council England and South East Dance and continued in 2018 with support from Arts Council England, South East Dance, Jerwood Foundation, Dance 4 and Siobhan Davies Dance.
It draws together 6 international performers and is developed through contact with additional artists in sound and live-coding, engineering/ media arts, game-design and lighting design.
It is a hard to pin down, interspecies feminist/ dawn of Brexit/composting dance of tectonic poetics.
Reflection by Paul Hughes for DRAFF, at Siobhan Davies Dance Open Choreography platform where we shared section 4 of the work in early development: geological time and poetry.
WITH DANCE DEVELOPMENT BY:
Elisa Vassena, Luke Birch, Lena Kimming, Tuan Ly, Katja Nyqvist & Christopher Matthews.
LIGHT: Lucy Hansom.
SOUND: Jamie Forth
WORDS: Janine Harrington.
DRAMATURGY: Lou Cope.
CRITICAL FRIENDS/ ADDITIONAL RESEARCH: Shannon Stewart & Paul Hughes.
PRODUCTION: Iris Chan/ Janine Harrington & Kat Bridge