R&D

Patricia Okenwa & Christopher Bruce

Hello again,

Last week I wrote that Rambert would be working with Patricia Okenwa on her Research & Development. As promised, we experimented, worked with creative tasks and most importantly, we had fun playing.

Okenwa has a very relaxed style in the studio, full of laughs and smiles, making all the dancers feel comfortable and at ease. This approach is so important for creative processes, as it enables the ‘creative juices’ to flow uninhibited, without fear of judgement.

I was lucky enough to take some pictures during the week when the groups split up.

 

Choreographer Patricia Okenwa with assistant Stefano Rosato watching Liam Francis and Vanessa Kang rehearse a duet.

 

To stay true to Okenwa’s approach to movement, I tried to capture energy rather than form. Getting in close to the dancers and focusing on movement rather than positions, I feel, creates the intended results. Please click the button bellow to navigate to the full album on Flickr.

 

Miguel Altunaga and Julia Gillespie 

 

This week we focus on the Spring tour ahead, Rambert legend Christopher Bruce will be coming in to rehearse his piece, Rooster. Bruce comes in before most of our tours to ensure that absolutely everything is perfect. Fortunately, the dancers always rise to the occasion, making sure he leaves a happy choreographer!

Till next time,

Stephen

Trips home and R&D

Hey again,

So this weekend my girlfriend and I went to visit my family in Essex, swapping the city surrounds for the scenic backdrops of the forests and seasides, albeit for a short period! This served as both a Birthday celebration for my Grandfather who turned 84, and a belated Christmas celebration which my girlfriend (who was in Singapore at the time) could attend. Also there was the added surprise of my Grandfather showing off a medal he had earned for time and service to the RAF. These trips back home are always a breath of fresh air, not only for the company, but also for my grandmother’s exquisite roast dinners!

 

Bracken, the ball of fluffy energy.

 
 

Walking along the promenade at Canvey Island, Essex.

 

This week at Rambert we have a ‘Research & Development’ week for the lovely Choreographer and Dancer Patricia Okenwa. These R&D weeks are set aside to physicalise ideas that choreographers are developing, without the immediate pressure of setting material for an end product. It often involves experimenting, and plenty of creative tasks. Having worked with Patricia on many of her other choreographic projects, I am very much looking forward to exploring new ideas, and having a ‘play’ in the studio! 

Till next time,

Stephen