Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Dress rehearsal at Brighton Festival

Monday, May 9th, 2016

May 9 2016

Brighton Festival 2016. Tilted Productions Dress rehearsal

BELONGING(S)

Brighton Festival 2016 @brightfest, BELONGING(s) dress rehearsal, a promenade performance, began in the council office underground car park and moved outside gradually getting closer to the sea, by the time we reached the sea-front the cast had doubled in size, the sun was setting and the sea became the atmospheric back drop for this thought provoking fascinating performance.

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BELONGING(S) Tilted Productions, choreographer: Maresa Von Stockert

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

May 4 2016

Tilted Productions. BELONGING(s)

Feeling privileged to have spent yesterday drawing choregrapher Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions rehearsal of BELONGING(s) at Greenwich Dance, where I am Artist in Residence. Looking forward to drawing the dress rehearsal next Friday at Brightfest 2016

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Protein Dance. May Contain Food

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

April 27 2016

Protein Dance. May Contain Food

Fabulous new show from Protein at The Place then touring, from choreographer Luca Silvestrini with a wonderful a cappella score from Orlando Gough. Eight performers are our waiters, four dancers and four singers who sing, dance and mime question our relationships with food, the confusing roles food plays in our lives and the controversial messages we are given about food. Humorous, touching and delicious.
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Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

20 April 2016

Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

In November 2015 I was asked by Pavilion Dance to visit Bournemouth to draw in a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease, the artwork was made into a printed limited edition of 10 prints with the title Dance for Parkinson’s and sold at auction to help raise money to develop more of these invaluable classes across the south-west.

17 April I was invited back to Pavilion Dance to take part in their Parkinson Awareness Day and display some of the drawings made during the class. It was a fascinating day of talks, participation in movement, singing and discussion.

COAL. Gary Clarke Company

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

April 18 2016

COAL. Gary Clarke Company

On Friday I went to The Place to see Gary Clarke Company’s brilliant COAL. Visceral, passionate, speaks to your very soul.

A couple of sketches drawn in the dark

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Coal is touring

Monoprints

Friday, March 25th, 2016

March 25 2016

Monoprints

This week I have been experimenting with Monoprints. A Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the print is made only once, unlike most printmaking where a limited edition of each image is made.  I have painted directly on to the plate using my drawings as inspiration,  The first is from a drawing made of Ballet Black‘s performance at the BarbicanStoryville 

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I am beginning a new series of etchings inspired by lines of poetry. The first in the series is inspired by Sylvia Plath‘s Poppies In July:

“You flicker. I cannot touch you.

I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns”

Ballet Black

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

March 20 2016

Ballet Black at The Barbican

A wonderful evening watching Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican. I did a few sketches which I’d like to use for etchings

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Choreographer Arthur Pita, dancers Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Cristaux

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Choreographer Christopher Marney. To Begin, Begin

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Choreographer Christopher Hampson. Storyville.

Le Patin Libre

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

January 24 2016

Le Patin Libre

Last week watched and drew Le Patin Libre skate Vertical Influences at Somerset House. Last saw them at Alexandra Palace during Dance Umbrella 2014,  Wonderful combination of exhilaratingly fast and dangerous with calm, slow meditative. Beautiful swooping patterns carved into the ice. Loved that at the end they came off the ice to talk to us. Have begun an etching inspired by the drawings

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Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

12 January 2016

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Last night I went to a preview of Akram Khan‘s Until The Lions at the Roundhouse. Beautiful, mesmerising, powerful dance, by the 3 magnificent dancers. The music is fantastic and the lighting by Michael Hulls is evocative and wonderful. I just wish I had arrived in time to read the complex storyline in the programme before it started.

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Akram Khan Company performing Until the Lions

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Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

December 30 2015

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Last month I was asked if I would like to visit Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth to draw a truly inspirational dance class to help raise money to extend the class to other venues across the South West. The class is for people with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s, this condition affects 1 in every 500 people across the UK. Common symptoms are difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking. The class is led by a dance teacher and a physiotherapist.

I created an A2 image in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. It has been printed as a signed limited edition giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper. All proceeds of sales go to Parkinson’s Dance to raise money for this very worthwhile class. If you would like to buy a print please contact eloise@pdsw.org.uk

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Parkinson’s Dance, 2015