Monday, 23 December 2013
So as this year comes to a close, the New Year beckons with the promise of new opportunities in particular choreopoetry ! In 2014 there are a number, of not inconsiderable tasks to address, e.g.new writing projects, finding a fundraiser/ fundraising & booker, for touring arts venues for the The Loneliness of the the Long Distance Diva - A Choreopoem, publishing of the text for this piece, and other poetry selections. As well as to writing a new choreopoem to feature several several characters this time.
This new choreopoem will focus on a specific geographical area and its key buildings in Leicester and span a number of decades. It is likely this choreopoem when completed would be performed and filmed in an artistic way. With a view to this choreopoem initially being exhibited in onscreen.
I am meeting more and more artists of all ages , interested in collaborations, cross arts and digital multimedia. This is very exciting and the ground seems fertile for more of this to happen. I have welcomed the opportunity be a creative consultant for Poet Choreopgrapher/Dancer Funmi Adeowole for new her choreopoem piece, Alongside my ability to be able to lead choreopoem workshops for others, helps to promote this art form. In addition I was in 2013, able to debut to an audience, a new brief choreopoem solo piece working with new collaborator, Jazz Saxophonist/Composer Marcus Joseph for Bobba Cass's poetry successful Spoken Word Event Autumn at Embrace Arts . I enjoyed using English Plainsong, as part of the delivery of the text and inspiration for the music, of this piece and devising my own choreography/ staging.
This new Autumn poem, with its use of English Plainsong touched a deep root, a new vein to explore further, in terns of overlooked areas of my own personal identity. I reckon this holds a key to new forms of expression. My interest in the songs of ordinary folk, their work songs, laments and other folk song narratives, have always been of great interest, as indeed are sea shanties.