After deciding to take a year out of touring and construct a programme of professional development for myself, I'm feeling pretty positive. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing and inspiring teachers, collaborators and fellow participants. I've written more on this, just need to copy it out of my sketchbook! But I thought I'd reflect briefly on what a great year it was to take part in these courses and exchanges and how lucky I feel it came together.
I now have a job (shock horror!) so remaining focused on creating performance is a struggle, but the fact that struggle is at the forefront of my mind so, so much feels like a positive thing. I know where I want my focus to lie and I am determined to make opportunities for my ideas and dreams to come to fruition.
I'm currently exploring two pieces, one on the traces of glitter that remained for months after I left the trad circus. Part of me just wants to play with this allegory of our love/hate relationships with what we leave behind, what becomes a part of us whether we choose it or not. There's also an interesting aspect, for me, of body image, identity and gender. How we augment ourselves and our image. I haven't yet decided whether to combine these two angles, I expect it will come through in the devising process.
The second piece has a core narrative of exploring and rediscovering the roots of our identity, the things that draw us back to ourselves and make us strong and vivid. It is essentially a follow up to Hail and Climb, to do with youth and my roots of taking to the air using some moments I discovered in the John Paul Zaccarini's Aerial Journeys workshops, the Creative Exchange with Matilda Leyser and Improbable Theatre (and my writing during and since then) and in Circomedia's What Next Playspaces....any way much more to come but I thought I'd seize this late night moment of productivity and inspiration to share my thoughts here!