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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

21 July 2014

Wonderful day yesterday at the Greenwich World Cultural Festival in the gardens of the beautiful English Heritage site, Eltham Palace, leading family Art Workshops with son Max and daughter Gaby. A Greenwich Dance initiative where I am the Resident (Visual) Artist.

Many pop-up performances during the afternoon from Mattress Circus, Moxie Brawl, Dingolay Caribbean Dance, Folded Feather, Emergency Exit Arts; family creative dance workshops, social dancing with Thomas Michael Voss; A Curious Cakewalk; Music from Gypsy Dread Band and Rhythm of the City. Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshops and many more wonderful activities to watch and take part in.

My son Max (blue tee-shirt middle) led Clay Model Making,

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The clay models drying in the sun

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Daughter Gaby taught visitors of all ages how to make an origami Crane, (she insisted was a swan) as part of The International Peace Crane Project 2014

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WCF 4 WCF 5    WCF10 When the origami was complete, we asked the Crane maker to write a message of Peace on their bird. Some we hung in the trees but most went home with their makers

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 I led a drawing activity for all ages

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Divercity

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

6th  April 2014

DIVERCITY

As they arrived the audience added to The Interactive Wall and made more wire figures to add to the City Scape

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An evening of short dance works followed, completing with a disco. Performers included: Cathy Waller Company, Maxwell Golden, Dickson Mbi, Fully Functioning Individuals as well as a group from local school St Ursulas and the Laban Contemporary Level One.

Here’s a few drawings from the evening

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Dickson Mbi

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Above and below: Fully Functioning Individuals (FFI)

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Vigil outside South Africa House for Nelson Mandela

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

7 December 2013

Last night I joined the hundreds outside South Africa House to sing, to dance, to mourn and to celebrate the life and extraordinary person Nelson Mandela.

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At the door to South Africa House in Trafalgar Square flowers, candles and messages to Nelson Mandela. In front of the flowers people danced, clapped and joined in the continuous beautiful songs sung by a large and growing group of men and women.

On the way home I passed a busker with his guitar outside Charing Cross Station he called out ‘Madiba this one is for you’ many people stopped rushing for their trains and stood still, some sang along, some gently smiled, some danced or swayed as he sung Bob Marley’s One Love.

In 2010 my talented cousin John Gardner created a large bronze sculpture of Nelson Mandela from life, now in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.

 

Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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Edwaard Liang / Russell Maliphant / Christopher Wheeldon. An Evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

Dancers Fang-Yi Sheu, Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Clifton Brown perform at Sadler’s Wells.

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PresentPast. Choreographer Russell Maliphant, lighting designer Michael Hulls, dancer Fang-Yi Shue

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After The Rain. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, dancers Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith

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Five Movements, Three Repeats. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon dancers  Fang-Yi Sheu, Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Clifton Brown

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Two by Two. Choreographer Russell Maliphant; lighting designer Michael Hulls, dancers Fang-Yi Shue and Yuan Yaun Tan

Dancing around Duchamp

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

May 29th 2013

Richard Alston Dance Company dance a mixed repertoire of Cunningham dances within the Barbican Art Gallery. I am there with my sketch book and pencils.

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Lewisham College Btec Dancers video

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

8th October 2012

On 21st September, 14 Lewisham College students from the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma performed a dance they titled “Live Art” in the no format gallery during my exhibition, dancing amongst the work. To watch the performance filmed by Jack Thrush Lewisham College Media & Music Technician please see:

http://vimeo.com/50631041

The brief had been to create a new piece of work using my art work as a starting point and inspiration.  The Project Leader is Robert Nicholson. The project was a collaboration between myself and Lewisham College Dance department.

Opening Night of Exhibition

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

13th September 2012

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

My Exhibition at no format gallery opened on Thursday evening.

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The Rodin Project

Yolande York-Edgell and Jack Jones of Yorke Dance Project danced solos surrounded by my work in the gallery. The sculpture, Marilyn, will be leaving the gallery early next week to join Yolande York-Edgell on stage at Bath ICIA when she dances in the company’s World Premier of Words Worth.

Thanks to Nicholas Carn for filming the performance.

Marc Brew Company. Fusional Fragments

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

28th August 2012

Wonderful day with choreographer Marc Brew and his company Marc Brew Company at Greenwich Dance, drawing during the rehearsal of Fusional Fragments. Fusional Fragments will be performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited Festival, on Friday with drummer Dame Evelyn Glennie playing live on stage. Lots of small pencil drawings and 1 large one on brown wrapping paper.

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While I’ve been preparing for my exhibition I haven’t been able to spend time with the dance companies drawing and have been missing the live drawing, missing the dancers, missing the speed, energy and collaboration.

My Daughter Dances in Closing Ceremony

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

12th August 2012

My  daughter was one of the 350 children from 10 schools in the 6 east London Host Boroughs chosen to dance in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, they were auditioned had many rehearsals after school, at weekends and during the holiday. They delighted in being a part of something so big, so special and cloaked in secrecy.

The 12 and 13 year olds danced to Ray Davies of the Kinks singing Waterloo Sunset forming a human dancing River Thames. Sadly the camera work was unimaginative and only focussed on the singer, but my daughter danced for me in the garden after the ceremony.

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The Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

14th August 2012

The Olympics is over and the Paralympic Games will soon begin. My kids and I had a lot of fun during The Olympics, living in Greenwich and my studio in Woolwich we felt like we were in the hub of it all.

We watched the races on the Big Screen in Blackheath, had a neighbors Olympic BBQ in our garden and because my daughter was dancing in the Closing Ceremony she was given 2 tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony, so we had a great evening in the Olympic park. Here’s some quick snaps, taken along the way. I am continuing to prepare for my exhibition opening 13 September.

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Our shadows in the Olympic Park Anish Kapoor, Orbit Anish Kapoor’s Orbit. My daughter and I waiting to enter the arena to watch the dress rehearsal

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Opening Ceremony drummersMy favourite performers were the drummers of all ages – fantastic!

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Olympic Park goodbye Singing goodbye to us as we left the Olympic Park!