Its PRODUCTION WEEK!
After a long term of creativity and technical training, production week has finally arrived. This is always one of my favourites times of year, bringing the faktry and the company together for a real celebration of the work that has been undertaken in this last season.
Winter Dance Faktry Festival 2018 has been curated by the ffin team as a display of the highlights of this term’s exciting work and a presentation of the whole community. ffin dance presents also showcases the work of local dance and performance schools in a joyous celebration in our home theatre, The Beaufort.
Monday didn’t know what hit it! It was great to be back in the studio this morning with the company for professional class. The company’s newest professional dancer, Georgina always brings new energy and her class is no different. What a wicked way to start our day.
Leaving the company to it, it was time to get back to work. The Faktry never stops. The Beaufort Theatre is a great space to work and the café is one of my favourite parts of the building. I spent a good portion of the day finalising my lighting plans for the work that I am sharing in this years festival. Leading the teaching and choreography at the Abertillery Faktry classes this term has been a real treat for me, getting to work with some fantastic young people always gives me a Monday evening buzz!! Takes me back to the old Move days!
Nothing finishes a good afternoon’s work than a flat white! The coffee here is incredible! After creating some really interesting lighting designs it was time to teach. Tonight was the last rehearsal session for my groups and they really rose to the occasion and if these classes are anything to go by this week will be another great festival week.
Whilst I have been keeping the dance faktry wheels turning in Wales, our Associate Choreographer, Gary Lambert, has been working with company dancers Megan and Catrin in London. They’ve been creating a new duet which will première later this month (date to be confirmed next week)
Gary’s been working with the dancers in a very different way, creating work which has a distinct flavour of his time spent in the States last summer.
“It’s a generic response to being in the universe” Gary told me this morning, in what I can only describe to you as a marvellously inspiring phone call: “it’s not choreographed as such, it’s a real response seen through the eyes and emotions of the 2 dancers”
The result is a work that may suggest unique responses and narratives to the audience. Gary will now be filming the dancers thoughts and reactions during the process of the work. It’s been fast and often very intense, emotionally draining sometimes too. Catrin has found it to be like a retrospective glance at her friendship with Megan, they’ve been dancing together for 10 years now since they were teenagers together in Wales.
“It’s a bit like growing up” she says “the duet is very sensitive, and it’s been a great privilege working with Gary in the studio in such an intense way”
You can take a look at the piece here, shot in rehearsal
Being will be first shown in a private sharing later this month and will come to Wales on Thursday May 15th at our home theatre, The Met in Abertillery.