We asked KJ (one of our fantastic dancers) to share her experience on creating ‘Us’ with GlassHouse. This is her response….
I am lucky to have been working with GlassHouse for over a year now. I started with the company back in April 2014 with the creation of “You, Me & Everybody Else”, I am currently working on the creation of “Us”. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a wholesome company which nourishes my creativity and pushes my performance skills in new exciting directions.
What a wonderful journey it has been so far… Beautiful people creating a beautiful and free environment to hatch fresh ideas. Throughout this week GlassHouse (Laura McGill and Sarah Lewis) have been researching and creating with both myself (KJ Mortimer) and Luke Brown for new work which will (fingers crossed) tour in the near future.
I am writing this blog on my train home from our first week and am feeling full up of gratitude… At the forefront of my mind stands the feeling of how special it is to work with lovely people whom you can share laughter and drive to create work you all feel excited by. This week has pushed Luke and KJ’s Characters within the GlassHouse narrative to another level, another space in time and whole new realm of fantasy and imagination! It’s been a delight to work with Laura and Sarah (and Luke) within this week getting to know them both as people and their choreographic minds. I fully respect their ethos and in making dance for the street and busking dance theatre I get to be a part of this exciting journey too! Is the street ready for “a brand new beat?… Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the street” with “Us”.
This is a little snippet of the week…
Arriving. Train. Ipswich. Norwich. Dance. Dance East. The Garage. The Arts Centre. Studios. Sunshine. Rain. Fun. Friends. Artistry. Ideas. Creativity. Relationships. Smiles. Drinks. Horoscopes. Cancer. Virgo. Gemini. Leo. Love. Love stages. 9. A Love duo. Luke. KJ. Luke’s bandana. Laura. Laughter. Sarah. Street art. Street dance. Busking. Swing dancing. Cartwheels. Contemporary Eric. Cocktails. Kate Bush. Running. More laughter. Guess the Into. Decades. Ultimate Hits. Coffee trips. Chocolate. Cashews. Dolly Parton. 90.s. George Michael. 4 shows. 2 days. A week of absolute fun, hard happy work and a now a new duet “US” .
It’s a pleasure to invest in Laura and Sarah’s vision and help bring those creative sparks to life. This week has been full of inspiration, energy, excitement and laughter. Thank you Laura, Sarah and Luke!
By KJ Mortimer