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Seminar: Re-Play    
Toynbee Studios CafeTuesday 13th December 2011, 7.30 p.m followed by drinks reception

A seminar on the making of A Girl Skipping
accompanied by the screening of a new audio-visual work by
ResCen Associate Artist Graeme Miller

Toynbee Studios Arts Bar & Café
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB

Re-play gathered together the voices of the original devising performers of the seminal stage work from 1990, A Girl Skipping, recomposed into a faceted and layered piece that analyses and reveals the ideas and processes that informed the making of this work through the filter of 20 years. All the members of the original company, Heather Ackroyd, Emma Bernard, David Coulter, Liz Kettle and Barnaby Stone were present to participate in a seminar led by John Ashford who first staged the work at The Place Theatre in 1990. The event was chaired by Professor Christopher Bannerman.

The launch of the work was accompanied by a newly commissioned essay by Claire Macdonald, Stop Making Sense.

A Girl Skipping's influence was due in part to its fluid demonstration of actual play as an articulation of the idea of play. Its sense of abandonment and seeming disregard for its audience were part of its eloquence and produced in a charged ensemble process that made itself manifest in its enactment. Re-Play is constructed to delve further into the ethos of the work and techniques that evolved at the time while aiming to retain their ritual, rhythmic and playful essence. It is an audio-work for voices set against a visual track of a slow motion Super-8 stop frame film of A Girl Skipping.


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