Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

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 also known as MFI

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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.

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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

 

Rambert Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

23 October 2013

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Subterrain choreography Ashley Page

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The Comedy of Change choreography Mark Baldwin

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The Castaways choreography Barak Marshall

Rambert will celebrate the move to a new home on the Southbank with two weeks of free events, 2 -14 December

Dance Umbrella. Trisha Brown Dance Company

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

11th October 2013

Trisha Brown Dance Company. Proscenium Works, 1979-2011

Platform Theatre at Central St Martins to see three works from the Trisha Brown Dance Company, part of Dance Umbrella 2013.

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Astral Convertible (1989) with sound score by John Cage, Visual Presentation & costumes by Robert Rauschenberg.

Trisha Brown.2.Copyright Sally McKay Watermotor (1978)

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I’m going to Toss My Arms – If You Catch Them They’re Yours (2011)

In the corridor entrance to the theatre a treat was in store,  an exhibition from the enormously talented dance photographers Hugo Glendinning and Chris Nash.

Wayne McGregor Random Dance. Atomos

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

October 10th 2013

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Atomos, Wayne McGregor‘s new work with his company Random Dance is thought provoking and stunningly beautiful, danced by ten extraordinary dancers. Lighting by Lucy Carter.  Next performance is at Brighton Dome November 8th.

Royal Ballet. Don Quixote

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

27th September 2013

I was invited to Covent Garden to watch The Royal Ballet rehearsing Don Quixote. Carlos Acosta Directs as well as performing the lead role, Basilio, with Marianela Nunez dancing Kitri. As I watched I drew some of the rehearsal.

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