Archive for July, 2012

Yorke Dance Project to dance at my exhibition

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Artistic Director and choreographer of Yorke Dance ProjectYolande Yorke-Edgell, will be dancing a solo on the opening night of my exhibition, inspired by a letter from Marilyn Monroe to her psychiatrist. I am working on a full size wire sculpture of Yolande dancing Marilyn. The sculpture will be on show on the opening night of my exhibition and then on stage with Yolande during the tour of Words Worth with Yorke Dance Project.

Solo exhibition Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure

no format gallery  Thursday 13th September - Sunday 23rd September. The exhibition is in conjunction with the academic and freelance writer Dr Stephen Baycroft.

Opening night preview Thursday 13th September 5pm – 9pm with dance performance by Yorke Dance Project

Opening times: Fri 14th, Sat 15th and Sun 16th September. Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept

17th – 21st Sept by appointment (07803 609977)

Yorke Dance Project with Anton Du Beke

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

3rd July 2012

A wonderful day at Dance Attic Studios, drawing Yorke Dance Project‘s guest choreographer, Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke rehearsing ballroom with the dancers for the forthcoming show, Words Worth which will be touring in September.

Yorke Dance Project rehearse with Anton Du Beke Rehearsing with Anton Du Beke

Yorke Dance Project rehearse with Anton Du Beke Yorke Dance Project rehearse with Anton Du Beke

Artistic Director and choreographer of Yorke Dance ProjectYolande Yorke-Edgell, will be dancing a solo on the opening night of my exhibition, inspired by a letter from Marilyn Monroe to her psychiatrist. I am working on a full size wire sculpture of Yolande dancing Marilyn. The sculpture will be on show on the opening night of my exhibition and then on stage with Yolande during the tour of Words Worth with Yorke Dance Project.

Solo exhibition Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure

no format gallery  Thursday 13th September - Sunday 23rd September. The exhibition is in conjunction with the academic and freelance writer Dr Stephen Baycroft.

Opening night preview Thursday 13th September 5pm – 9pm with dance performance by Yorke Dance Project

Opening times: Fri 14th, Sat 15th and Sun 16th September. Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept and from 17th – 21st Sept by appointment (07803 609977)

Too Mortal. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

12 July 2012

During May I drew during some of the rehearsals of Too MortalShobana Jeyasingh‘s remarkable new dance work, created specifically for churches in European cities. The rehearsals took place in St Mary’s Old Church, a small atmospheric Elizabethan church in Stoke Newington, London.

Even during early rehearsals I found the movement mesmerizing and thought-provoking. I felt the sensation of the sea and the rhythmic pull of undulating waves while drawing and watching the flowing movement of the dancers which might come across in some of the drawings.

Shobana Jeyasingh. Too Mortal Shobana Jeyasingh. Too Mortal

Shobana Jeyasingh. Too Mortal The whole dance takes place within the old wooden pews which are enclosed at both ends. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance opened Too Mortal in Venice at La Biennale di Venezia in June.

The performances in London took place in the church they had rehearsed in, St Marys Old Church, and in St Pancras Church, Euston which is where the following very small, fast sketches were made.

Shobana Jeyasingh. Too Mortal  Shobana Jeyasingh. Too Mortal  The dancers: Vanessa Abreu, Emily Absalom, Avatara Ayuso, Alejandra Lucrecia Bano Pelegrin, Noora Kela and Audrey Rogero are next performing at St Swithun’s Church in Worcester and then in September in Stockholm. With the addition of the atmospheric lighting by Yaron Abulafia and beautiful mix of music by Sound Artist, Cassiel the performance is incredibly powerful. Thank you to Shobana and the dancers for allowing me and welcoming me to the rehearsal space to draw.

As I left St Pancras church after the performance I felt I had been witness to something precious and spiritual, it felt like a gift.

Greenwich World Cultural Festival

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

1st July 2012

When you walk into the grounds of Eltham Palace in South East London it is like entering a secret garden, or walking through the wardrobe and finding yourself in Narnia. This Art Deco hidden gem, built around the remains of the Palace first recorded in Domesday Book of 1086, is the location Greenwich Dance and Greenwich Theatre present the annual Greenwich World Cultural Festival, a celebration of dance, music and theatre from around the world.

As Greenwich Dance’s Resident Artist I arranged a Creative Clay workshop in the Sunken Moat, led by my eldest son Max and his friend Jess, to make clay figures inspired by the dance taking place around them. Constantly busy with all ages creating a figure to take home.

Max and Jess Creative Clay Workshop 2Creative Clay workshop inspired by dance in the festival

Visitors to the festival were given a map of the palace grounds showing a bridge crossing the dry moat at three given times during the afternoon, asked to meet beside the bridge to be led to the area where a dance would be performed by Beyond Front@

Beyond Front@ at Eltham Palace

Beyond Front@ at Eltham Palace Beyond Front@ 2Beyond Front@ dancing in the grounds of Eltham Palace

I gave the spectators small pieces of paper and pencils and suggested they try to get some of the movement on to paper, at the end of the dance we hung them on the Thought Tree.

musicians  Musicians played in surprise places around the grounds

big picnic big picnicProtein Dance’s The Picnic commissioned by Greenwich Dance

Beyond Front@ at Greenwich Dance

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

27th – 30th June and 1st July 2012

Beyond Front@ is a Dance Communication Lab in which dancers from partner organizations from European countries, join together to communicate and connect through dancing, moving and exploring together. A dancer from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary arrived at Greenwich Dance on Wednesday to join London based dancers to work together for 4 days with UK Dance Artist Robert Clark. Rob is a british contemporary dance performer, choreographer and teacher. None of the dancers seemed to know each other although the European visitors from Beyond Front@ had previously met a few months ago and taken part in a workshop.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday began with a morning class with Theo Clinkard. The daily class at Greenwich Dance is open to all professional dancers, each week led by someone new.

Theo Clinkard class

Theo Clinkard class Theo Clinkard class

Morning class with Tho Clinkard in Greenwich Dance

Each afternoon Rob Clark led a fascinating workshop. Using contact improvisation as a starting point, the movement and energy began to flow between the dancers.

Beyond Front@

Beyond Front@ day 1

Beyond Front@

Day 1 at Greenwich Dance

Spatial awareness seemed a key element, Rob encouraged the dancers to consider the negative space, trying to ignore the surrounding walls. The Breath too, was considered and focussed on, in a way I hadn’t seen before in dance, (reminding me of the cranial osteopathy that my sons have with the incredible Paul Kyte).

Beyond Front@ day 2. Breathe

Beyond Front@ day 2

Day 2 at Greenwich Dance 

Wednesday and Thursday were based in Greenwich Dance and Friday was at Trinity Laban, Deptford, outside on the landscaped grass. It was very beautiful watching the group dance the movements that had developed over the last 2 days in a studio now take place in the open air on the grass. Partly because they were in their 3rd day of working but also because of the space all the movement and transitions seemed to extend accompanied by lots of laughter and a strong sense of unity in the group.

Beyond Front@

Beyond Front@ day 3 Beyond Front@ day 3

Day 3 in the open air outside Laban

On Saturday we went to the old Laban site where the studios are next to Goldsmiths College, New Cross, when I was at Goldsmiths taking my degree this is where Laban was based. The dancers worked independently but together in one studio during the first hour, warming up in their own unique ways, the atmosphere was meditative, calm and focussed. The rest of the day the dancers continued to develop the dances to be performed the following day. Three unique and intricate dance works were developing very fast in front of me, pulling together the movement experiences that had happened over the last three days.

Beyond Front@ day 4

Day 4 at the old Laban site next to Goldsmiths College 

On Sunday the Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2012 at Eltham Palace provided a stunning backdrop for the dancers to give 3 performances.

There are many more drawings that I made of the fabulous creative journey of Beyond Front@ during the 5 days in London. Some will be developed further, as etchings and paintings to be shown publicly at a later stage.