29 Dec We are at Rich Mix
Kansaze Dance along with Emma Dennis-Edwards has taken residency at Rich Mix for four weeks over December 2013 and January 2014 to research and develop 2:1 into a stand alone piece showing on February 1st 2014. After a challenging and really creative spring / summer working on 2:1, supported by the London Hub, we are so happy that it has been recognised as a play with substance, meaning and a unique process of making. 2:1 scratched at the Tara Arts Theatre in July 2013 to a sell out audience and is now making its way to the main space theatre in Rich Mix London for a showing of what we created during our period of research.
The title 2:1 came to us while researching gender, women and theatre. We came across the statistic that there is a ratio of 2:1 men to women in a position of power within the arts. From there it stuck as a title and also has a double meaning relating to the journey of our characters which I shall not reveal (you have to come and see the show to find out).
This period of research and development has been supported by Arts Council England, which we are so very thankful for. ACE’s support has really allowed Emma and I to investigate our process of working cross art form. We are both co-directing the play and Emma is the writer and Rachael (me) the choreographer. The construction of the play happens simultaneously within the studio. A key method we have developed and incorporated into our process is Laban Efforts: how they can work with movement, dance and forming characters, environments for our play.
In our team we have two actors, Archie Backhouse and Ellie Dillion-Reamslus; plus two dancers, Chloe Bishop and Janina Smith. We are also working during rehearsals with our fantastic set designer Natalie Jackson and an introduction from her is to come in the next few blog posts.
As the weeks go on, I will be posting entries from myself and the team discussing more about the process of 2:1.