24 May 2015
Protein Dance. Border Tales
23 May 2015
Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Boris Charmatz. Amandine Beyer
I first watched and drew Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas in 1999 performing in London’s Southbank Centre to the percussion of Steve Reich. From my drawings I made a soft ground etching, still a favourite of mine, looking at it I recall the speed of the dancers, the drumming and the spacious set.
Last night I watched Keersmaeker dance a duet with Boris Charmatz, the dancer/choreographer instrumental in filling Tate Modern with dance last weekend. They were joined by the amazing violist Amandine Beyer, Infact Beyer played alone on a dark stage for the first 30 minutes, she left as the dancers arrived to dance in silence, except not silence our heads were still filled with the earlier music, then the three performed together. Here are some of my quick pencil sketches drawn in the dark which I hope to take through to etchings.
A beautiful enigmatic evening.
11 March 2015
Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On
Candoco Dance Company will perform Jérôme Bel‘s award winning The Show Must Go On premiering at Sadler’s Wells, 20 & 21 March. 20 performers, 19 pop songs and 1 DJ. This week I was very pleased to be in Greenwich Dance drawing rehearsals.
Following Sadler’s Wells The Show Must Go On will tour to Nottingham and Glasgow
5 March 2015
Renaud Wiser Company. Who Killed Bambi? & Metropolis
I’ve been privileged to draw at some rehearsals of Renaud Wiser‘s extraordinary dance Who Killed Bambi? The London premier will be at Greenwich Dance tomorrow evening. A few of my scribbles will be on show in the pop-up bar.
Performance 6th March 8.00pm at Greenwich Dance. Book tickets from Greenwich Dance
18 February 2015
Etching from Edward Scissorhands rehearsal drawings
I was privileged to have been at 3 Mills Studios to draw during rehearsals of New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands this 2 plate sugar-lift etching is based on one of the drawings of Edward (minus the scissors)
Between One Breath and the Next
Edward Scissorhands is now touring
27 January 2015
Richard Alston Dance Company. 20th Anniversary Performances
Sadlers Wells 26th – 27th January the Richard Alston Dance Company staged a magnificent 20th Anniversary performance. Rejoice in the Lamb, choreographed by Artistic Director Richard Alston opened the evening, with music: Rejoice in the Lamb, Benjamin Britain, 1943, a full choir the Montclair State University Vocal Accord sang on stage to accompany. Burning choreographed by associate choreographer Martin Lawrence followed, with music by Franz Liszt (1849). World premier for Nomadic choreographed by Richard Alston and Ajani Johnson-Goffe with fabulous music by Shukar Collective. Martin Lawrence choreographed the final dance Madcap, 2012.
Above and below: Nomadic
16 January 2015
Choreographer Ivan Perez creates a dance to commemorate the First World War with commissioned orchestral music by Keaton Henson played live and visible through the back curtain. A cast of 11 men and 2 women, the choreography is fast and sometimes frantic, rarely slowing. (Only criticism? Gloomy lighting, making drawing a struggle.)
7 November 2014
New Adventure‘s production of Edward Scissorhands choreographed by Matthew Bourne opens 10 November at Theatre Royal, Plymouth running until 15 November, then touring and coming to Sadler’s Wells, London 2 December 2014 – 11 January 2015 with orchestra led by violinist Gina McCormack