Archive for the ‘Rehearsal’ Category

New Adventure’s Edward Scissorhands on Tour

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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

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Edward Scissorhands Rehearsal

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Edward Scissorhands Rehearsal

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day drawing the cast of New Adventures, rehearsing Edward Scissorhands at Three Mills Studios. The day began with the company class, I was delighted to see my friend and talented musician Ronan Kozokaro was the accompanist for the class, we have collaborated on several projects in the past.

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On Monday I will start working on new zinc etching plates in response to the drawings I have done of the day.

Etching. One Fine Day

Monday, October 27th, 2014

27 October 2014

Etching. One Fine Day

A new plate using chine colle, edition of 50

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This will be  in the Greenwich Printmakers next exhibition, opening 11th November – Sunday 4th January.

As well as in my Open Studio 15 – 16th November

Studio 17, Unit 0, Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR

Yorke Dance Project given 5 stars!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

10 March 2014

Read a great review given by Luke Jennings in The Observer plus 5 stars given to Yorke Dance Project’s triple bill, I designed and painted the backdrops for Charlotte Edmonds  No Strings Attached, the first dance of the evening. I worked from drawings I had made during the rehearsals last summer.

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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

 

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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My Work on Display at Greenwich Dance

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Beyond Front@: Bridging New Territories

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As Resident Artist  at Greenwich Dance (GDA) I drew the dancers of Beyond Front@ from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and the UK during a four day Dance Communication Lab at Greenwich Dance in 2012. Over the last year they have continued to meet in the host countries and created a dance, In Reference To The Robbers Cave, with choreographer Rob Clarke.

Performance: In Reference To The Robbers Cave. 27th September 2013

My drawings of the process and an oil painting are on display at Greenwich Dance for the next few weeks. All work is for sale.

For sales contact sallymckay@btinternet.com

Greenwich Dance, The Borough Halls, Royal Hill, London SE10 9HB