Michael and I have been talking about this project – which is funded by artsACT – for over a year and it is almost a relief to get into the studio and start work. The pressure though, is to create coherent, interesting and relevant movement to some very particular and diverse music — in only a week.
However, the beauty of dance is that when you bring the right people together magic happens – in a day and a half these stunning women have created and retained over 30 minutes of complex movement. I just have the job of tailoring it together and marvelling at their brains remembering which combination comes next. This is perfectly normal in rehearsals and part of a dancers job but working at such speed and executing tight, clean movement so quickly is a skill.
We are looking at the questions: “Science – Do you believe? Can you have” The Griffyn Ensemble and us will take you on an epic journey evoking mechanical progress, ancient prophecy, and an Orwellian future, to ask the question – who do you trust?
The performance opens with the Griffyn Ensemble themselves before Jake Kuzma enters the space to perform a structured improvisation. Followed by this we have the three graces performing to Ballet Mechanique a ground breaking piece of music from the 1920s. I then recite some ancient Greek from Agamemnon relating the dangers of beauty.
“Who can have given a name so altogether true—was it some power invisible guiding his tongue aright by forecasting of destiny?— who named that bride of the spear and source of strife with the name of Helen?
For, true to her name, a Hell she proved to ships, Hell to men, Hell to city, when stepping forth from her delicate and costly-curtained bower, she sailed the sea before the breath of earth-born Zephyrus.
And after her a goodly host of warrior huntsmen followed on the oars’ vanished track in pursuit of a quarry that had beached its boat on Simois’ leafy banks—in a strife to end in blood.”
We move through robotics, religion, health and faith. Do you believe?
More after tomorrow’s rehearsal! Today has been the dress run for Orfeo at ANU.
And after that a fully packed weekend.
I then go quiet for a time and focus on my solo Kapture inspired by Ahmed Kathrada. This will be shown in Canberra again in November — with the support of a Pozible campaign.