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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Wednesday 16 July

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Eltham Palace

Sunday 20th July  12.30 – 4.30pm

Free entry for all the family to the beautiful grounds of the English Heritage site, Eltham Palace. Enjoy pop-up performances of dance, theatre, music and circus, a vintage ballroom in the Great Hall and creative workshops.

Join Max, Gaby and myself in the Dry Moat to make a clay model to take home, make an origami Crane becoming a part of the International Peace Crane Project and lets Draw Together, all art workshops are for all ages.

 

The World’s Greatest Show

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

28 June 2014

Arthur Pita’s The World’s Greatest Show

The Never-Ending Dance Marathon of 1935

During the American depression in the 1930′s Dance Marathon’s were organised as entertainment, where couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money, the longest recorded Marathon lasted 3,780 hours. The World’s Greatest Show is a dance-theatre work exploring this phenomenon, choreographed by Arthur Pita with music by Frank Moon and a live jazz band.

In June 2013 I was invited by Arthur Pita to draw the show in R & D at Greenwich Dance, with the working title Nobody’s Baby, 10 performers danced for 100 hours keeping to the original marathon rules. Sometimes I arrived to draw at 10.00 am, sometimes at 11.00 pm, it was an exceptional week of physical and mental strength combined with extraordinary good will from the performers.

These drawings are from the performance on Friday. I drew many drawings during R&D but they now feel irrelevant. I watched with daughter Gaby who said at the close of the show: “That was Brilliant” I couldn’t agree more

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Theo Clinkard: Of Land And Tongue

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

 22 June 2014

Greenwich Dance. Of Land And Tongue

19 June at Greenwich Dance, Theo Clinkard performed the mesmerising solo Chalk to a live score by James Keane. Through the movement and soundscape I was transported to the coast, the waves pulling on the shingle, the eroding cliffs. So evocative, by the close of the dance my heart feels heavy and I know I am missing the sea much more than I had realised.

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Theo Clinkard is a Resident (Dance) Artist at Greenwich Dance, as am I – Resident (Visual) Artist . Theo choreographed Of Land and Tongue (below) for 5 dancers, using language as well as strong physical movement.

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Of Land and Tongue tour dates

Live Art at The Supper Room

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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The Supper Room: Hakeem Onibudo at Greenwich Dance

The charismatic Hakeem Onibudo invited me to join him and his vibrant dance company Impact Dance, at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance, to capture the evening through Live Drawings of the event, I was to draw a large sketch that the guests to The Supper Room would be invited to interact with by adding their thoughts and comments to.

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A small selection from the many drawings I made during the evening

It was a wonderful evening of Hakeem’s visually arresting choreography from the fabulous Impact Dance, delicious Caribbean food (from Island Flavours) and music you want to dance to

Some of the drawings will be at the next Art Show that I am taking part in:
Studio 75. 75 Lassell Street, Greenwich, SE10 9PJ
12 Artists. Bank holiday weekend. May 2nd – 5th, 10am – 4pm
Private View: Thursday 1st May 6 – 9pm

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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Yorke Dance Project, Etching

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

12 March 2014

I have printed an etching using the same images as the backdrops for No Strings Attached, the dance choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds in Yorke Dance Project’s Figure Ground. Edition of 30, printed on zerkall paper in burnt-orange coloured ink, can be supplied framed (floating in black box frame) or un-framed.

No Strings Attached Etch ©

Print £110,

Frame £50

sales: sallymckay@btinternet.com

Backdrops for Yorke Dance Project

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

5 March 2014

Yorke Dance Project perform Figure Ground at the Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells

A week ago at the Lilian Baylis, Yorke Dance Project performed a wonderful preview performance of their touring programme: Figure Ground, an evening of 3 dances from the company. I was commissioned to create the set for the first work of the evening: No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds. I spent 3 weeks drawing during the rehearsals in the summer of 2013. Working from the drawings I painted 3 backdrop panels using acrylics each measuring 4m x 2m. I  negotiated 6 days in the high ceilinged No Format Gallery near my studio, to paint the canvas so had to have them complete in this time-frame.

It was great to paint on such a large scale – a first for me! In 2012 I created figurative wire sculpture to be on stage with Yolande Yorke-Edgell  in Noted.

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No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, for which I painted the 3 backdrops

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Ordinary Courage. The Dance and the Sketch Book

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

On Tuesday evening fellow Greenwich Dance Resident Artist, Theo Clinkard, will perform with his company of 6 his life affirming and heart wrenching dance Ordinary Courage, at Laban S. London. I drew this work in 2013 when it was performed at Greenwich Dance in February with Amstatten choreographed by another Greenwich Resident Artist, Robert Clark. I displayed the drawings of Amstatten during the evening and entered the sketchbook into the selected exhibition Sketch 2013  at Rabley Drawing Center. The exhibition has now moved to Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset until 8 February.

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So see Ordinary Courage, the dance, in London and the sketches of the dance in Frome.

Lewisham College, BTEC Dance

Friday, December 13th, 2013

13 December 2013

During the Autumn Term I worked 1 morning a week with the BTEC Dance students at Lewisham College, South London. They were devising short works for the Choreographic Platform examination and performance, I drew them as they progressed through the task.

In my studio, using my drawings of the students as reference I painted a back-drop for their performance of 3 banners, painting directly onto canvas with acrylic.

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I asked the students to draw each other to encourage them to observe movement through a different means and look closer at their peers while they worked.

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Student’s drawings of each other dancing

In September 2012 I invited Lewisham College BTEC dance students to dance in no format gallery where I had a solo exhibition, they created dances inspired by my work which were performed in the gallery at the end of the week. A video was made of their performance.

Yorke Dance Project

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

10th November

A Sharing at a Sadler’s Wells studio to an invited audience to see sections of three of the dances Yorke Dance Project are developing for their 2014 Tour. Last year I created a life size wire sculpture to be on stage with Yolande Yorke-Edgell while she danced in Noted.

For the 2014 tour I am working on a backcloth for a dance choreographed by young choreographer Charlotte Edmonds.

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No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds

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Yolande Yorke-Edgell dancing Canciones Del Alma choreographed by Robert Cohan in 1978 and being reconstructed for her for the 2014 tour

Robert Cohen Robert Cohan in the rehearsal