Hannah and Magdalena's Professional Development Residency Experience

Posted by admin on 24 Feb 2014 in Déda

Dance Artists Hannah and Magdalena reflect on their experience participating in a three day professional development residency with renowned dance company T42. 

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Hannah

'I feel privileged to have spent the week working with Felix, getting the opportunity to share within his process and develop my technique and performance skills. It was a challenge to the brain as I worked through phrase material adapting to flow, momentum and movement that felt unfamiliar to my body, but as I mentioned in my last blog entry that makes it so much more satisfying when it all finally clicks, allowing you to enjoy and perform the movements.

As I sat watching T42's show after spending the week working with Felix and performing ourselves I felt so much more connected to the piece, I felt I understood on a deeper level and so much made sense to me. I could see how our curtain raiser piece linked with their show, but cleverly it had a distinctness of it's own.

Our curtain raiser piece had a theme around being lost, confusion, looking for a destination. Felix edited sound together incorporating a SatNav and a string of confusing and conflicting directions, this resulting in an amusing opening section as Alice improvised around the stage as the voice manipulated her movement. Throughout we all weave across and around the stage in the carefully choreographed sections; abrupt changes of direction, a fast walking rhythm and a focus toward the horizon, the searching for our end destination glued the sections together. 

As usual I long for more time, three days goes so fast but I love a challenge and find it exciting to perform a piece so freshly made and learnt. It has been a wonderful experience to work with familiar and new faces and I would like to thank Deda for providing the opportunity. I would love more chances to work with touring companies when they come to perform, I believe it helps me both in developing myself as a Dance Artist and also the company in connecting them with the local place they find themselves in which can often be a new and unfamiliar place. 

The show Tour D'Horizon is a combination of dance, physical theatre and technology. The piece contains clever projection, an intricate set and complex lighting. Some stand out moments for me were the many beautiful contact duets and if we had longer with Felix I would have loved to have explored more in depth contact work with him and the group. 

A big thankyou to all my friends and family who came to watch and support and a massive thankyou to Felix and T42. 

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Magdalena

The Residency exceeded my expectations – I mean, how often do you

 have the chance to work and perform with a renowned dance company? For me, it was a

ll about appreciating the magnitude of what was happening. Well, it wasn’t all pain free 

– I remember us massaging the 'hell' out of our legs after the first day of the workshops, and ... being kind of proud of the pain we had! 

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What I find unique about this project is that it brought different people with different dance backgrounds together for a common purpose. So massive thanks to everyone involved! 

I feel proud to have been part of it and I hope that any other dance artists reading this get the message that anything—even performing on a stage with one of the best dancers in the world—is possible, and if this is something you dream of, just do it! 


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