Choreography. It 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
The sculptor experiments with a group of dancers as her dynamic sculpting material, while challenging preconceived ideas of how dancers should look and move. Disabled and non-disabled participants dance together yet individually improvise to uncommon soundscapes, creating unique human ‘murmurings’.
Cross-disciplinary team: Hazel Reeves (Director), Rosaria Gracia, Welly O’Brien, Ian Currie, Roz Shearn, Olga Lidia Saavedra Montes de Oca, Helen Goodwin.
Choreographing birdscapes to shape movement
I’m obsessed with recording birdsong. Why? Being brought up on a wild bird sanctuary run by my mum, and access to the Knepp Castle Estate known for its extraordinary population of wildbirds. My choreographing of birdscapes to shape/sculpt movement – an element of the sculptural approach to expressive dance and movement project – has been technically guided by audio producer Ian Currie. I 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 on Sunday 9 August 2020, paired with some exquisite music, including newly commissioned ‘White Stork Octet’ by Helen Ottaway. 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. (Sounds of the Earth feature here – 1hr 16m in).