A JOLLY LITTLE NEW SHOW WITH SONGS
I am doing a Work in Progress Show on 29 March 2018 at the October Gallery.
Originally the show was going to include loads of material but this year has been a bit of a trial with a big medical diagnosis, declining elderly parents and distance from my daughter so the Work in Progress Show will be about my story and maintaining some sense of balance while wading through the detritus of the past year, and there will be songs. Jack Klaff has been an outside eye, sounding board, friend and help in making this happen.
It is almost exactly a year since my diagnosis on March 30th 2017 with Spino Cerebellar Ataxia 17, a degenerative neurological condition for which there is currently no cure, but there maybe within a few years if the medical research labs in the US stop squabbling over patents. At the moment it is not so bad apart from I cannot run or jump and I waddle a bit but the prognosis is not so great. I don’t know whether it will get bad in the next year or in 25 I have a sense of urgency about making the show happen sooner than later and reviving my once fabulous career> 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 am hoping to raise the production budget for the the next stage in the forthcoming months.The total production budget for making this happen is peanuts compared to most production budgets. Past experience has taught me the necessity of making a show audience friendly everywhere and the show being very easy, logistically and economically, to tour.
50% of the takings of the WIP Show and 10% of any profits after recoupment of production costs later will go to movement-based Ataxia research.
Either speak directly to me or 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.
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.
Like my piece, Facedances,this is a piece that can be made and remade in different situations.
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