You, Me and Everybody Else

You, Me and Everybody Else
May 10th 2014
Norwich
11am, 1.30pm and 4pm

A new dance-theatre performance for the street by GlassHouse

Set in various locations across the city, three duets unfold to tell the story of a relationship seen at different points in time. The audience is taken on a journey that reflects the couples own, at points comic and laugh-out-loud at others poignant and touching. Beginning with them falling in love for the first time, the question is where will you and they end up next?

All performances begin at The Book Hive, London Street, lasting for approximately 1 hour.

This performance is the first stage of development for GlassHouse.

These are FREE performances as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival

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Inspiration: Wildwood

My final post on inspiration behind ‘Space to Move’. I love this book. At the heart of it Roger Deakin writes beautifully on how important trees are to our culture and our lives. The wood is where we go to ‘grow, learn and change’.

Roger Deakin: Wildwood

“The Chinese count wood as the fifth element and Jung considered trees an archetype. Nothing can compete with these larger-than-life organisms for signalling the changes in the natural world. They are our barometers of the weather and the changing of the seasons. We tell the time of year by them. Trees have the capacity to rise to the heavens and connect us to the sky, to endure, to renew, to bear fruit and to burn and keep us warm through winter.”

Inspiration: Nature Cure

In an attempt to give you a taste of ‘Space to Move’ I am posting some of the writing and images that inspired the workshop. First up is a quote by Richard Mabey from Nature Cure.

“We constantly refer back to the natural world to discover who we are. Nature is the most potent source of metaphors to describe and explain our behaviour and feelings. It is the root and the branch of much of our language. We sing like birds, blossom like flowers, stand like oaks, eat like gluttons, breed like rabbits and generally behave like animals.”

Space to move

In August 2013, we hosted a 3 day yoga and dance summer school In North Norfolk for adults over the age of 50. Our intention was to create an environment for creation, exploration and play. A space to take time and slow down in a beautiful location.

The aim was to facilitate an environment in which the dancers could achieve a state of flow and presence in which the aim is never to arrive at a future event, but to be ready and present in every changable moment.

Dance Scientist, Elsa Urmston writes about her research on Flow and the Dancer on her blog here; http://elsaurmston.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/reflecting-on-fly-a-project-with-made-by-katie-green/

We decided to host the summer school outside of Norwich for several reasons. We wanted to get out of the city! We both really enjoy being outdoors and in beautiful countryside; this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it. We are keen to take our work into communities rather than expect people to come and find us. We are also really keen to make more work for outdoor spaces so the more time can can spend working and creating in these environments the better. There was another unforeseen outcome of taking our place of work to the beautiful village hall at Swanton Novers and this was the feeling of a retreat. Taking ourselves and the participants out of the hustling city and to a more secluded environment physically and metaphorically created space for ourselves to play and explore more freely. The ‘free’ time was spent together in the communal areas and in the glorious weather we were blessed with and as such, a lot of the ice breaking was done in these times too, making a close and cohesive group of individuals.

Ole!

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Fallen Thoughts performed by Studio Eclipse

GlassHouse were recently invited by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival to attend the Outdoor Lab Experience held by Cratère Surfaces an International Outdoor Festival in Alès, France. It was an amazing experience that allowed Sarah and I some valuable reflection time.

The Outdoor Lab Experience or OLE was aimed at emerging artists or established artists who are new to working in outdoor environments.

France has a long and established history of creating work for the street and as such are remarkably creative and dynamic. Famous French street artists have created unforgettable images, invested in places that had previously been inaccessible and fired up the imagination of generations of spectators and artists too.

We were lucky enough to be invited along with other artists from various backgrounds and artforms from all over Europe and further afield. We were  invited to watch and study various performances within a festival context, from the perspective of an audience member, keeping the professional critical sense in mind. What are the codes? How do you address the audience, and to what effect? What are the pitfalls ?

We had the opportunity to meet other experienced artists, producers and promoters to discuss the process of making work for outdoor environments which really helped to refine our thought process.

It wasn’t all work though! The festival provided cultural excursions, typically long French dinner discussions and even a post-lunch dip in a local river which offered welcome relief from the hot sun.

2013-07-07 13.09.06Sarah and I returned from the trip fired up and inspired to create our new work. Keep your eyes peeled for news of our next creation!