Day #7

Where else on earth can one sit, have a delicious Chinese lunch, an iced-coffee complete with a mountain of whipped cream, write on the ResCen blog & have a cigarette ???

My last day of my first week – I return to Hong Kong this evening. It will be good to have a distance of time & space & to return to the whipped cream mountain of material that the dancers & I have made at the end of the month. I can see changes & additions & cutting away already. I mentioned to the dancers that I will send directions via email & that the piece may change entirely from what it is today to the day I return, & then again…

We are going to have a showing this afternoon, sharing week one with the dancers & choreographer from the other group. We have made a lot of material, all open to possibilities, that ran for about half an hour at the last run !!!! Don’t panic as the phrases, duets etc will overlay each other, fall apart, go faster & slower… We have decided to do an “extended mix” this afternoon and see what happens… The performance work will be structured & decided upon… this afternoon’s impro play is part of the process and will also be part of the performance. In a way we are rehearsing the “uncertainties” of the work itself – which is also something that shouldn’t be rehearsed, planned, structured… Confused? (Sorry – I think I have started in the middle of the story.)

The dancers are working on a title for the work… I’m intrigued to see what they come up with. & I love the idea of finding a Chinese word & translating it into English.

I hope to add some images & video here when I get back home…

I would love to hear from people who have been in the studio with the dancers & I – & particularly if anyone sees the run this afternoon… words, images, impressions & thoughts of actions…

Again, I must say, the dancers are beautiful & I could watch them for hours…

jxxx

1 comment to Day #7

  • John

    Although not many people came to see the showing, it was very good to do. It made it clear as to what needs to stay & what needs to go … a great process now to be 1992 km away with time to ponder …

    jxxx

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