Commissioned by South Bank Centre, Jardin D’Europe, Laban, Birmingham MAC, Salisbury Arts Centre and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Bristol Old Vic and Arts Council England The Blake Diptych centers on the boyhood visions of William Blake. Previewing shows ahead of its national tour at Laban,Warwick and Bournemouth, join the company and share the creative process before seeing the final previews of this world-class collaboration for the first time.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Kirty Arnold's post at the end of week one
There was no time for awkward 'getting to know you's' on our first week into Blake Diptich. Monday to Friday mainly comprised of just five of us working together in the studio, Fleur, Quang, Audrey, Ezekiel and myself. From next Monday the team gets bigger as we are joined by a fifth dancer, alongside the musicians, writer, actor and designer...
Based this week at Laurie Grove ,we got straight into moving...and spent the time exploring a variety of tasks, each other and the writer William Blake.
Starting the day with a series of exercises with Quang, we then have company class led either by one of us, or Gaga technique (no relation to the popstar!) with the wonderful Chisato Ohno.
This was a week of exploration, partnered with sun-filled lunch breaks (is it really September?!) and alongside developing movement vocabulary Fleur set us a series of challenges both inside and outside of the studio. Me and Ezekiel struggled to recall and set an intimate, improvised duet recorded on video; we went for a walk, we shared our 'to do lists'; we worked on developing movements to a brain-teaser of folk song; we improvised with roles of characters that surrounded Blake and we got naked...well Ezekiel did...more on that to come.
My brain is full of little excerpts that I look forward to developing throughout the process, it has been an exhausting but definitely intriguing first week...