From 9 July -15 August 2021 I will be happily immersed in the beauty of Blenheim Palace Gardens as a participant of a newly commissioned Tino Seghal project.
Press release as follows: Following a year of extensive confinement indoors, this will be the first exhibition at Blenheim designed specifically for the Park and Gardens. For this project, Sehgal will present a complex, roaming choreography imagined for Blenheim, involving more than 30 participants. Conceived as a series of scenes rather than works with fixed locations, the exhibition will move fluidly throughout the Park and Gardens like a game of encounters, responding to specific conditions such as the number of visitors, the location or the weather. Akin to a swarm or flock, the group of participants – the majority of whom are local residents cast specially for this project –will gather and disperse in a fluid and porous choreography, enacting moments of connection with visitors and their surroundings.
This relationship of movement to context is informed by the landscape architecture of Capability Brown. The fluid response to specific locations and vistas, and the adaptation to visitors’ movements, will extend the ways in which Brown’s designs were originally inspired by the ‘capability’ of the existing environment and landscape, their innate potential for transformation and elevation.
Since 2019 it is also a delight to part of a project entitled Acting Our Age, an inter-generational work for performers aged 24-75 by collaborators Yael Flexer and Galit Liss. After a research period in December 2019 the project was put on hold due to Covid, but has continued online with classes open to anyone, specifically aimed for those over the age of 55+. We hope to resume the project later in 2021.
Since 2017 it has been a pleasure to be part of the European Collaboration LifeLong Dance Practice. Currently funded by Creative Europe “BET” – Body Experience Time through 45+dancers – this project envisions itself as co-operative network of European Scandinavian and Baltic countries dance institutions in partnership with local artists, cultural institutions, schools and universities, actively engaged in transnational artistic exploration and audience development within the dance theatre sector and circulation of artistic products, expertise and ideas. The funding received acknowledges the importance of the research and was the catalyst to invest in and support the creation of a company of who meet, share and develop their practice as movement and dance artists. They draw upon the decades of professional experience each artist has working within the dance and theatre worlds.