Dear Friends If you followed this blog during its heyday, you’ll know that the Vital Signs project wrapped up back in early 2019 after a wonderful run. We thank you for all your support and interest during that time and since. Some of you will know that subsequently Sarie took up a new post as […]
Just in time for Christmas, we are delighted to announce the publication of a free ebook (pdf format) which you can now download from our website, using the link below. The ebook features texts produced by workshop participants during the Vital Signs festival as well as texts that were featured in the performances. It also […]
Herewith some great images from the wings of our performance at DRIFT at the Lowry last month. Courtesy of Annie Feng.
DRIFT at the Lowry on Tuesday was a fantastic experience. Emmy of Meraki Collective produced a wonderful evening in collaboration with VAM and Test Card, and we were hugely impressed by Jade Parker, Howl Creative and React (Sean Clarke and Dubonautik). It was a great opportunity for us to test and reset our material for […]
A little advance warning of our next performance, coming soon to The Lowry, Salford Quays on Tuesday 23rd October. From the Lowry website: A Test Card, VAM and Meraki Collective collaboration presenting a night of experimentation and co-creation from Manchester artists, musicians and performers. As Manchester booms and venues fall and rise, artists continually drift […]
On Wednesday we gave our performance ‘Face-à-Face’ (Encounters) at the Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP). We had two wonderful days rehearsing in the impressive surroundings of the Grand Salon of the college, as well as having a little bit of time to explore the city in unseasonably […]
Whilst we were doing our final technical rehearsal for last Saturday’s performance of Wrestling Truth, we invited artist, photographer and Five Rhythms dancer Roger Bygott to the New Adelphi Studio Theatre to take some photographs. Here are a few of his excellent images, which give a flavour of some of our performance material.
Fresh from the glow of the festival weekend we travel to Paris on Sunday to resume our collaboration with Pierre Levy, Boris Wiseman and Alizée Gau. We have two full days rehearsal at the Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and on the third we perform Face-à-Face (Encounters) as […]
Well, we did it! The Vital Signs festival took place over the weekend and proved a fantastically creative and nourishing meeting of words, moves and beings. My prevailing impression at present is how delightfully the chemistry of performances and participants developed over the weekend. Where the performances were concerned, from Camilla Nelson’s intensely focused enquiry […]
We’ve now reached the stage where we are running the whole piece each rehearsal and going back over individual scenes to rework the detail. If I’d ever boldly thought I was getting the hang of this movement performance thing, this passage of work is stretching me to my limits and beyond, and each session is […]
With two weeks left before the Vital Signs festival begins, our studio work has been intensifying, not least as we start to prepare for the onset of the new academic year. But we had a productive week revisiting key passages and making the final sections of the performance – and delighted that we now have […]
After a much needed vacation we were back in the studio in earnest this week, accompanied by our dramaturg Kate Adams. We managed to revisit all the material composed so far, identified a few remaining sections to work up in the coming weeks, and created some new material based on our previous explorations. The piece […]
Our studio rehearsals continued this week, enlivened by the arrival of a brand new dance floor (well, fancy lino) in the studio — see image above where Scott takes it for a spin. This has transformed the space and made our work a lot easier now that we are no longer struggling to move on […]
We were back in the studio this week rehearsing and meeting with Clarissa – our publicity manager – and Nic – our website designer. We also enlisted the help of Dave Dewsnip – one of our colleagues at the University of Salford and director of Dave D Events – in sourcing some door frames to […]