As we go through our SYD residency week in Malmo, we have each started to explore further the idea of characterisation and to deepen the development of our roles. Although we are all fairly confident movers, most of us have little to no acting experience, therefore to achieve what Lee is looking for in the choreography of our new SYD work Hansel & Gretel, he arranged the opportunity for us to work with Khamlane Halsackda, (Director of Without Walls). It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Kham, who helped us to delve deeper into our characterisation.
We focused on Emotional Memory Recall where we linked a particular emotion to our character and remembered when we felt the same emotion to attempt to understand and get into the skin of our characters. We wrote about these memories and recited them to our partner whilst the rest of the company watched and listened. It is interesting how, as dancers we are capable of expressing so much through our physical appearance, yet when asked to read we seem to find ourselves out of our comfort zone.
There was some real and beautiful moment’s where company member’s felt uncomfortable reading. However the pure silence’s during this period was wonderful and I felt like we had all shared moment’s which none of us will ever forget.
We've also had the opportunity to not only have one but two classes led by Graham Adey,(Skanes Dansteater). The focus of these classes was improvisation. We explored all sorts of movement with the intention, sensibility and dynamics adjusted and discussed. It's been a while since I've experienced a full improvisation class so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Graham. We spent the majority of the classes traveling from one end of the studio to the other, focusing on different qualities within our movement each time. We attempted seamless movement with the idea that we are only doing one long movement with the dynamic being continuous, Graham said “he noticed an ease to the second day”, so his class the day before had made an impact and we were all more in tune with our bodies. We looked at trying to move with the intention of only using “half circles” within our bodies. Doing this was a challenge, as you must read your body and make sure that you are not in fact using straight lines and full circles. But sometimes, as pointed out by one of our company members, your body could be doing a half circle but you appear to be doing a full circle within the space you occupy. One very enjoyable task was a shaking task where we would slowly increase the intensity of our shaking whilst travelling through the space.
I enjoyed this task as I felt my body experience a strange and unexplainable sensation. Graham is a great mover and teacher, not to mention very funny. Thanks Graham, Kham & SYD Co.