Last week was hectic. Having just finished work on Rex Levitates Fast Portraits, I was definitely in need of a well-earned break. No such luck! I was in residency at the DanceHouse in Dublin, extending and re-working This woman I met for the upcoming performance in London next week. As well as having to organise travel logistics, get broken props fixed and costumes tailored (and then retailored after a hot iron incident!), I had the more pleasurable job of meeting with my composer collaborator Benedict Schlepper Connolly to discuss the various projects in the pipeline. As part of our Bealtaine performance we'll be making a documentary-style film with our participants in Sligo. I have a feeling this is going to be really beautiful, with a stunning sound score by Benedict if his previous work is anything to go by.
Another more enjoyable job last week was a photocall for the Dublin Dance Festival. With the help of PR Stephanie Dickenson and her intern Julia, and with the (probably unnecessary!) coaxing of photographer Mark Stedman, I ended up truly covered in flour - a medium I use very subtely(!) in TEN, the work I will be presenting in the Dublin Dance Festival. I thought photoshoots were usually glamorous! Instead I went home with flour all over, and a distinct smell of bread following me... The results hit the papers today, with the Independent, the Star and the Metro Herald going for some interesting captions! I think "Flour Power" was my favourite....
Flying to London on Wednesday for a four-day residency with Jonathon Burrows. This residency will encompass a choreographic workshop as part of the DancEUnion Festival which should prove to be very interesting. Really looking forward to meeting the other performers, as well as catching up with old friends and enjoying all that I miss about the Big Smoke!