Tag Archives: dance

From the top with a lump or two

21 May From the Top, photo © Fernando Bagué

As the dancers wrapped themselves around each other, the disembodied voice of the choreographer demanded, ‘…more organic-y…like a squirrel…like a cobra…with a whip at the end…’

From the Top, choreographed by Victor Fung and the first dance of an evening jointly curated by Swindon Dance and Swindon Spring Festival, was a hoot. A hilarious insight into the sometimes deliciously unfathomable world of contemporary dance, it began as I expected – two male dancers, Michael Barnes and Jack Sergison, moving in beautiful if mysterious ways – until, it emerged, the pair were actually in a ‘rehearsal’, devising the performance to the ever exacting demands of Victor, their director, for such things as ‘neutral hips’ and an ‘echo’. As the voice wanted more and more, the thoughts running through the (mostly) implacable performers were projected in words onto the screen behind them.

“…thread yourself under his arm and linger there…” said Victor. “…his armpit is not somewhere I want to chill,” came the Michael’s projected reply.

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What I did last summer part 1

25 Sep

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This summer we got stuck in the mud experiencing dance in unexpected places, witnessed a choreographed trolly dash, saw a huge iron man, made a massive spider and became its colourful minions!

The fun started in Swansea back in July; off we trekked to Wales to see Taliesin Dance Days.

I was there for a dance festival in ‘unexpected places’ and ended up with a bonus of unexpected poetry.

On arrival I first reached for the smart phone in the car park – a massive painted sign proclaimed: ‘More poetry is needed.’ On posting the pic, the Facebook hive mind told me it was by artist Jeremy Deller. Continue reading

Salisbury Festival Family Fun Day at Danebury Hill Fort

27 May

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We rocked up to Hampshire’s Danebury Hill Fort, just across the county border, with the lure of an AfroReggae Family Fun Day.

Fun. For kids. An ancient hill fort. Summer sunshine music. Sounded great. Continue reading