Image: Natalie Sloth Richter, Bedtime Stories by Lidia Crisafulli
Resolution 2017 will conclude at the end of next week – and this week the rolling blog also comes to an end. There have been a huge number of Trinity Laban alumni and students contributing to the festival this year – well done to everyone involved!
You can continue to read reviews on The Place blog.
On Tuesday, 2015 graduates Zoe Bishop and Vikki Mead performed in Elisha Hamilton Dance’s piece RETALE. They shared the night with Natalie Sloth Richter, whose piece was danced by Olivia Edginton, Ingvild Marstein Olsen, Laura Ganotis and Victoria Rucinska – all 2015 graduates.
Natalie’s piece Bedtime Stories is built on recorded interviews from three generations of women. The choreography takes the audience on a journey of memories, drifting in and out of nostalgia and moving through bedtime rituals. On Wednesday Scatterlings took to the stage, a collective made up of Transitions alumni Leanne Oddy, Saara Hurme, Vanessa Michielon, Izzy Brittain and David Kam. Their piece All Over and Everywhere looks at issues surrounding nations, migration and belonging.
Next week you can see me dancing (and attempting to play the piano) with Watts Dance on 21 Feb alongside alumni Caitlin Murray, Zoe Moody and Robin Porter. The following day duo Zjana Muraro & Gianna Burright – both MFA Choreography students – perform their work Untitled 3 + x, and on Friday Maria Lothe & Co awaken our inner environmentalist with Can You Hear the Sound of The Flowers? Maria’s piece is danced by alumni Svenja Buhl, Victoria Rucinska and Fergus McIntosh.
This is Maria’s second year presenting work in Resolution, so I caught up with her to find out more about her experience:
“My experience of Resolution is that it is a safe and supportive platform to develop artistic ideas. As I am now sharing work for the second time I feel encouraged to take risks with my dance making and work on an interdisciplinary collaboration. It’s given me the opportunity to test and explore new ideas, acting as a base to continue the research and establish contact with venues & funding bodies. The first year I took part in Resolution provided me with skills related to administration and production. This has been particularly useful this year as I am working with a large group, collaborating with visual artists, musicians and performers.”
“As an evolution company (a company returning to Resolution), we get a certain amount of rehearsal space in kind – which has been very helpful. We were also lucky enough to receive the ‘K5 Res!idency’ by Joss Carter which provides us with free rehearsal space up until the performance. The Place also offers more financial security to evolution companies should they not sell enough tickets – but my sales seem to be going well!”
I asked Maria about how her time at Trinity Laban has influenced her as a dance artist:
“Studying at Trinity Laban supported my practice both as a maker, mover and thinker. It supported the development of my artistic ideas and interests both in practice and in communication. The thing stands out the most was my Independent Project in the final year, where I could indulge in choosing one specific area of research for a year. Having an amazing tutor – Marina Collard – to discuss my ideas with made me think further and helped me to realise my ideas. I am still working on the same research now: between movement and ceramics.”
Maria offered some final words of wisdom:
“The first few years after education can seem daunting with many different options and pathways to take. I find short and long-term goals very helpful in shaping the direction of the future you want to create. Things can take time – have patience and believe in your own individuality and uniqueness. If you get lost on the road (we all do at some point), there will always be people, known or unknown, who are up for helping you.”
It seems to be that Resolution has given many of us a platform to put the skills and creativity we gained as Trinity Laban students into practice, and the confidence to continue doing so. I will look forward to seeing students and alumni take the festival by storm again next year – as I’m sure they will do!
For more information on Resolution and to book tickets visit The Place website.
To find out more about Trinity Laban’s dance programmes visit our Study Pages.
Image: Maria Lothe & Co.
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