AFB in work-in-progress movement research for The Art of Stealing. Photo by Tim Matheson.
This photo was taken during a week long residency I had at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts September 2012. I was sent a whack of photos a month or so, taken by Tim, after I had participated. This was taken during the dress rehearsal.
There’s something about this shot that embodies what I aim to communicated with The Art of Stealing. The ghosting effect; the surreal nature of the shot, the anonymity and sinister mystery of it…I believe these are all elements that I will continue to draw upon as the company heads into full time rehearsals this summer.
Here’s what I got up to one day with Lexi during the March Workshop. I think it’s going to eventually end up being a quartet…enjoy!
March Workshop Memories: matching, love notes, tea time and The Walking Dead (and therefore zombies).
March 4-8, 2013
So what happened this week? This first week back after a 4 month hiatus?
Before the company took a break, I held the first of two workshop sessions to begin to bridge the gap between the original Arsenal Project and a new full length work. As of now, I’m using the working title The Art of Stealing to name this feat although I’m not quite convinced that will be the title I premiere the work with. Anyway, the first workshop was held in October 2012 for two weeks and now I am halfway through my second workshop with the dancers.
Is it possible I may have generated too much movement? This was the thought I had last night as I plodded around my kitchen. I have so much footage captured on tape that I haven’t even looked yet and I’m sure I’ve forgotten. But I don’t think so…I mean, when you have a vast amount of space between creative workshop sessions (i.e. such as 4 months) it becomes clearer what you’re still interested in, what you’re not interested in anymore and of course there’s always the desire (for me anyway) to try something new. The challenge is to eventually put it all together to make something cohesive. In the final outcome, at a certain stage I think it’s not necessarily about what you like. If you’ve committed to a certain idea or theme then you need to follow it through.
Of course I could be wrong.
But it’s still early days! I don’t need to worry too too much about that yet! Hahahahahaha! So this week was a great chance to get back in touch with the ladies of the group. When I got stuck I made a phrase to Drake and that was fun. We’ve also experimented with walking like zombies (with and without sound effects). Next week I get more bodies and some apprentices so that will be good to test run some ideas I got when I was on the road. We. Shall. See.
I’ll let you know what happens next week…
Post Arsenal Project and Pre Art of Stealing. November 2012. Photo by Tim Matheson.
First Day of School, Part 2
Oh good gosh. It’s been quite awhile hasn’t it?!
So, if you are a keener and have observed the huge gap in dates between my last entry and this one you will notice that it has been quite some time since I have blogged. Maybe you wondered, maybe you didn’t. But for those of you that did here’s the point form rundown of what’s happened since October 2012:
-I had my first workshop with the company after the official end of The Arsenal Project. It was two weeks. It was rad.
-The company went on hiatus; myself included.
-I came home about a week ago
-Today is the first day of our second workshop!
Also: I decided to keep this blog alive. The Arsenal Project was a way for myself and the company to ask questions, scavenger and accumulate. It was a phase of research. But now I think that the title alone extends to the company carrying this blog over to document all aspects of our activity. I think it makes sense to continue to keep track of our progress, especially with a new full length work on the horizon. For those of you who have been keeping tabs on us my hope is that you are curious what will happen to all these ideas that have been gathered (I know I am!).
So that is what’s happening. Today is my first day back in the studio after 4 months. As always, there is excitement and a wee bit of trepidation. I remember how to do this right? Right?! If all else fails we’ll come up with some more sweet moves to put in the arsenal even if I’m not entirely sure what they mean yet…
Ooooor….maybe not every single step has to mean something. Maybe the step is enough. Huh.
More sound that seems to be making sense to me…
Shortly after The Arsenal Project officially wrapped (and writing my final report!) I was given the gift of a week to play and create at the fantastic facilities at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC. The task was to create a new work in 7 days. I made myself a new solo combing the inspiration I was assigned for the project in addition to my own ideas from The Arsenal Project that were still rattling in my bones…
These photos are of me during dress rehearsal, taken by Chris Barton. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the show since I hurt my ankle during the dress rehearsal. Huge bummer with a capital B, let me tell you…
I know I’ve been lacking in the entry department. More thoughts coming shortly…