Passage was premiered at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, April 2001 and involved thirteen performers, aged from 9 to over 70, whom I met at
the South Bank once a week for six months to create the work. I worked with three of my long term collaborators on
Passage: Peter Anderson, film maker; Louise Belson, designer; and Chahine Yavroyan, lighting designer.
During the performance expansive Norfolk landscapes were projected onto three large screens at the back of the
stage changing periodically to huge close-up portraits of the performers. The music was a re-working of Earth
and the Great Weather by John Luther Adams, an Alaskan-based composer.
In making this website, I
collaborated with Niki Pollard, research student, who observed the making of Passage first hand. Her task has been
to help me unpick and reveal my process, sometimes adding a parallel, contextual thread of fragments that occurred
to her whilst reading my notebooks, watching rehearsals and talking to me. These texts are a delightful affirmation
for me of the area of imagery I was grappling with, and I have chosen to include some of them as footnotes to my
notebook pages. The visual materials used throughout the site include rehearsal clips, photographs from
performance, images resonant to me and photographs from early film site visits to my East Anglian childhood
Passage was commissioned by The Royal Festival Hall with support from ResCen and DanceEast Artist Residency