A JOLLY LITTLE NEW SHOW WITH SONGS
I performed the developing Show. 23-25 May 2018 at the October Gallery. Old Gloucester Street W1.
It is over a year now since my diagnosis on March 30th 2017 with Spino Cerebellar Ataxia17, a degenerative neurological condition for which there is currently no cure affecting my balance and co-ordination At the moment it is not so bad, I cannot run or jump and I waddle a bit but can do most things, I have abit more sense of urgency now the prognosis is not so great.
This show, JOLLY, contains a factual account and demonstration of my condition, staying positive on gloomy times interspersed with my songs on piano and guitar.
Jack Klaff has been an outside eye, sounding board, friend and help in making this happen. In January 2018 I went to Köln in Germany to work on music for the show with the kind and excellent Ekki Maas who is donated his expertise and some studio time in exchange for a meal for his lovely family. I will be performing some of this music and there will be recordings for sale
JOLLY is an audience friendly show, currently a solo show, light, economically and easy to tour nationally and internationally.
You can contribute on my crowdfunding page at https://www.gofundme.com/a-jolly-little-new-show-with-songs
THE BIG REMEMBERING
A performance piece by and for communities, groups, families, companies and collective memory.
Like my piece, Facedances, this is a piece that can be made and remade in different situations.
Take a big local event, something celebratory like an election, a sports team winning a championship, starting business, a carnival or an anniversary, a birth
Anyone can participate who has some memory or association with the event.
Encourage all ages to be involved, so best to choose an event not too old ( within the last 20 years), Whatever it is, an important event memorable and celebratory.
In an age where there is increasing distrust of human memory,
where our experience and communication is increasingly digitally mediated, THE BIG REMEMBERING is a piece that makes an event of the act of remembering, an event that brings people together.
Currently as an imaginary performance, the theatre course at Dartington in the long distant yesterdays is the current focus of THE BIG REMEMBERING. See the forthcoming edition of Training Grounds, November 18.
A lecture with video and slides telling the story of Facedances, my video project that was made and remade 11 times in seven different European countries of people dancing with their face to their favourite music and how I assembled library of over 1000 Facedances.