Choreography underpins my artistic practice; choreographing stories in bronze, choreographing dancers, choreographing sound. The outputs vary but the motivation remains the same. I want to move people, literally, figuratively.
Sculptural approach to expressive movement and dance
In my current project I’m experimenting, as a sculptor, with a group of dancers as my live and dynamic sculptural material, while challenging preconceived ideas of how dancers should look and move. Disabled and non-disabled dancers individually improvise yet move together, responding to bird-inspired soundscapes, creating unique human ‘murmurings’ shattering then resolving.
Cross-disciplinary team: Ian Currie; Helen Goodwin, Rosaria Gracia, Welly O’Brien, Hazel Reeves, Olga Lidia Saavedra Montes de Oca, Roz Shearn.
Choreographing birdscapes to shape movement
Why birdsong? Two reasons: being brought up on a wild bird sanctuary as a child and easy access from my studio to the Knepp Castle Estate, known for its extraordinary wildbird population. Creating birdscapes is the audio element of my sculptural approach to expressive dance and movement project. This started in April 2020 with my audio Nightingale Diaries, which turned stereo in May 2020 assisted by Arts Council England funding.
BBC Radio 3 feature
This dawn chorus recording, from the 31 May, was featured in the ‘Sounds of the Earth’ BBC Radio 3 Breakfast feature in August 2020. It’s 4.32am on the Knepp Castle Estate and the dawn chorus is in its full glory. Listen for nightingales, white stork, and cuckoo.
On the first day of the second UK lockdown, 5 November, I introduced a new #SpringBack series of audio diaries from Spring 2020 – there’s nothing like birdsong to soothe the soul, so for those who miss it or missed it, here’s spring back for you, to lighten the dark evenings. For all of them so far see here.