On a monthly basis we have been meeting in Hay-on-Wye and inviting locals who are interested to move and take part in the project to join us in experimenting and creating movement material.
The choreography is based on a creation story from the Mabinogion and approaching the choreography I have taken much inspiration from Laban’s Movement Quality theories, Celtic symbols, Animal Study and Morris Dancing.
The participants have been introduced to 5 Rhythms as a means to warm-up, but also become aware of the different movement qualities that the various rhythms might hold. Much work has also been undertaken in introducing participants to the idea of using Complicite as a way of being in a space together and responding as a group rather than an individual.
For one rehearsal during the experimental phase we were fortunate enough to have an accordion player at hand, who accompanied the ‘Morris dance section’. This particular section although drawing on the ideas of a Morris dance, has been approached from a different angle also. Celtic symbols have been used as a starting point to create and develop the floor patterns that the six performers will use. The most complicated looking Celtic knots were performed today for the first time, with ease and to my absolute surprise without anybody walking into anybody else when transitioning between the various points of the knots – in fact the result was stunning and will definitely find its way into the end choreography.