R&D Reflections -‘Where is Home?’
The month of April saw State of Emergency notching up the air miles as we returned to South Africa following our January auditions to work with our six selected dancers. They were more than ready for action and although our visit was short, it was very sweet as the excellent dancers gave their total energy and commitment to creating new dance material under the guidance of UK based choreographers Vicki Igbokwe and Alesandra Seutin and South African choreographer David Matemela who enthused the company with his energy and dynamism. The company were also treated to an amazing original live soundtrack during the rehearsals courtesy of State of Emergency’s Steve Marshall and South African Grammy winning Flautist, Wouter Kellerman and guest musicians.
In May, State of Emergency returned to London to repeat the process with our selected UK based cast of amazing dancers – an invited audience attending the end of week sharing, again to live music accompaniment. The whole process in South Africa and the UK was filmed by Danny Spencer and Kathryn Brillhart providing valuable footage and documentation for the future. Lots to reflect upon before we go into production next year.
June 15th, 2015