Amidst the chaos of the recently completed QL2 junior project For The Win, and kicking off a regional youth project in Cowra and Bathurst — Clique — I have also been working to finish off a collaboration with local Director Simone Thompson. The project is a short film titled Warrior which follows the story of Laura, a girl in her twenties juggling new love, self doubt and pressures to perform.
Guided by Simone, I worked with lead actor Lucy Lovegrove who although she has little dance experience was incredibly expressive and creative in the process of making a three minute solo dance which features in rehearsal and performance scenes in the film. I drew a lot from images and behaviours of her character, Laura, to drive improvisations with Lucy so that the movement we made was natural, achievable and had a strong emotional connection. I am incredibly proud of the movement skill Lucy has developed in this short process and her performance in the film is beautiful.
Following the post production stage, the plan for the film is to screen in Sydney and Canberra and potentially enter short film festivals nationally and internationally.
Simone, her production crew and myself which to thank QL2 Dance for this very generous two day Curated Residency to allow creative development of choreography and filming in the studio, theatre and foyer spaces allowing an authenticity to the performance scenes.
Oh the joys of being an independent dancer/maker! Amazing ideas and people reveal themselves through creative collaboration.
Find out more: http://simonethompson.com/