What does it mean to belong? Help me test out my ideas for this new work…
About the Project
For a while now, and in our ‘hyper-connected’ world, I’ve been interested in ideas about exile and community, about enforced or self-imposed exile and where we, as individuals, find community. Having also lived in the Middle East, the exodus of people towards Europe has caused me to wonder how they feel about their reception here.
The final vision for this project is to create a live choreographic ‘documentary’ with people who identify with these themes. Using simple social rituals such as tea ceremonies as choreographic tools, and working with the intimacy that the close up affords, I will explore ideas around home, exile and traditions of hospitality, creating personal portraits of the participants live, and to camera.
I am delighted to announce that Do Not Alight Here. has been awarded Arts Council funding through the Grants for the Arts Scheme!
I will be working with Kate Lodge, who will be a critical friend to the project. Kate has been creating participatory performances and managing arts projects since 1991 with a range of diverse groups and people.
The Marlborough Pub and Theatre are supporting the project with rehearsal space at a reduced cost and Blast Theory are hosting the project in a residency in December. At the end of the residency, the outcome of this research will be presented in a live performance broadcast simultaneously to the web from the Blast Theory studios.
An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the crowdfunder to cover the participants costs! We reached our target and can accept the Arts Council’s offer of funding. Many thanks for your support!
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