end of edna?

end of edna?

The last 3 months have flown by and so much creativity has happened.  The Artists have been integral to the huge success of edna. As Wendy passed the last prop and Rebecca passed the last move everyone expressed” how they do not want edna to end”. “edna has been unique, completely different and appreciated” But…

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Notation Interpretation

Notation Interpretation

Today I was quite cryptic and we left a lot to interpretation… The group choreographed their own movement sequences using props. The room was very colourful and there were excellent ideas including semaphore and dance of the seven veils! The group showed each other their dances and then we had cake! After the well earned…

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pastel, paint and piped moves

pastel, paint and piped moves

Turning 2D into 3D, has involved pipe cleaners this week.  Translating movement onto lining paper using pastel and paint to begin with and then into a piped move has been an enjoyable experience. The contrast from colour to black and white, pastel to paint and now the use of pipe cleaners has been quite different.  Apparently,…

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the tomato top

the tomato top

Inspiration can come from many things and sometimes the most natural are the most beautiful. Avril brought in a dried tomato top and Wendy projected it onto the screen whilst Rebecca echoed its shape and delicacy through movement. Sandra kindly shared her art with us, some of her ideas directly influenced from the sessions. Creating her own…

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in the moment again

Today everyone wore blue. This made our mirroring and following activity extra special for the Go Pro (a clever bit of equipment that takes a photo every ten seconds). Everyone took a chance to lead and follow then we all danced in unison, not knowing who was our leader. It was fantastic to see everyone…

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lifting off the page

lifting off the page

Brian and I have been talking. We’ve been wondering about how we might turn the ‘breath’ lines into a sculpture, “lifting them off the page” and “making the lines stand up”. We thought about galvanised wire or dipping wool in resin? A similar chat with Frances was around trying different materials, we considered silly string…

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in the moment

in the moment

This morning everyone felt tired and weary and with this weather slightly cold.  Rebecca and Wendy definitely got everyone up and moving with their stimulating art and dance activities. Lots of improvisation, mirroring and prop movements followed by duet Chinese whisper drawing definitely warmed the whole group. By the end of the session expressions of being…

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you lead, I’ll follow …

you lead, I’ll follow …

You could feel the energy levels lift throughout the morning, indeed at one point I thought a couple may take off! We spent a lot of time moving and mimicking each other and all at a very slow pace, extremely concentrated at times and, I feel, tiring for the mind and muscles. The music definitely…

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counter-balance lycra stretch

counter-balance lycra stretch

Rebecca brought out a large, red stretchy Lycra to play and explore some activities and movement.  This led to a counter-balance Lycra stretch and everyone was amazed how far it could stretch and how many different activities you could develop with the Lycra.  There were achy arms but in a good way and Linda expressed…

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breath & chinese whisper chain drawing

breath & chinese whisper chain drawing

Wendy experimented asking everyone to breath and draw at the same time to capture the breath.  It would seem that this was exhausting and May asked if she could take a breather.   May sat and breathed and others moved with her and drew.  At the end of the session we all expressed how we were…

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