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... An exploration of participation, art and architecture in the city to inform a concept for engagement with the local community via artistic intervention... offering to our client a point of departure for the continuation of these ideas in their future work.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

An Evening of Contemporary Culture

Last night, in the name of research the group went to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield to immerse themselves in contemporary dance culture. The evening provided a valuable and creative insight into the world of movement art and for those of us who are unfamiliar with dance and would usually refrain from engaging in such activities - the night proved a pleasant and provocative surprise. Afterwards we attended a question and answer session with the choreographer and asked a few questions in relation to the Live Project.

It was interesting to learn that often there is no initial idea, no statement - but just a courageous 'start' from nowhere - from where the ideas and themes emerge. This has distinct parallels to the way Birch O'Shea work and although the thought of diving in without any prior planning may seem uncomfortable to most architecture students, it is perhaps the most valuable attitude we can take forward in the project. Also, purely in the name of research we deemed it necessary to analyse the work over a few cold pints in the pub afterwards....dance is tiring work you know.

A little about the show;

watch the trailer for the show here

"Rising star of the contemporary dance world, Hofesh Shechter presents his acclaimed works Uprising and In your rooms. Hotly tipped as dance’s next big thing – his work was recently seen by millions of viewers when he was commissioned to choreograph the opening dance sequence for E4’s hit TV series Skins.

In your rooms
In your rooms brims with gritty physicality and is at times provocative, political and deeply personal. Twelve dancers reveal their anguish, loneliness, love and pain through intricate, touching encounters in a society that is alien but shockingly familiar. The work features a hauntingly beautiful original score, created by Shechter in collaboration with Nell Catchpole (The Gogmagogs), performed live on stage by five musicians.

‘Probably the most important new dance work
to be created in Britain since the millennium’
The Observer 2007

In Uprising seven men emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with furious energy, bonding and sparring, making up and falling out. This highly charged work, set to a throbbing percussive score also composed by Shechter, leaves audiences buzzing."

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