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Diary of a collaboration. Day 4.

Old Chinese character - 'she'

Old Chinese character – ‘she’

As one of her possible starting points for generating material, Jing Okorn-Kuo suggested old Chinese characters – as imagery to dance/work from; as a starting  point for dynamics spatially or between characters. Yesterday evening she and I explored some of the old characters for ‘wealth’, including the one above ‘she’ for extravagance, excess. 

Our project, (Playing) the Maids is not a production of Genet’s text. We are using that as a diving off point, identifying themes and issues for possible content. Wealth and the opportunities it brings is one of the differences between Genet’s Maids and the Madame, and something Jing (playing this privileged Madame figure) was keen to explore.

This starting point led overnight to some text I wrote, informed by the meanings and imagery of the old Chinese characters, and several movement sequences that Jing developed. We started playing with these this morning, alongside a bilingual script Phillip Zarrilli, Jeungsook Yoo and Sunhee Kim transcribed, edited, and translated into English from the original improvisation in Korean they had made earlier that day.

Phillip, Sunhee and Jeungsook working from the video of their improvisation

Phillip, Sunhee and Jeungsook working from the video of their improvisation

We are documenting everything as we proceed in this intense period. I film, photograph and notate each structure, and my colleagues all have their own way of noting their work. This will be essential now in this next part of our process, as we begin reviewing, revising, editing, and rehearsing the many sequences, scenes, and structures we have explored so far.

imove: extraordinary moves and LeanerFasterStronger

Extraordinary Moves

Performance is ephemeral and it’s aways interesting to see how projects which exist(ed) in the moment are documented and archived.

There’s a lot of this happening now, one year after London 2012 and the Sports and Cultural Olympiad. In an earlier post I gave a link to the gorgeous Unlimited e-book and today Tessa Gordziejko, Strategic and Creative Director of Imove Arts Ltd alerted me to their new website and their documentation of past projects, including my collaboration with Andrew Loretto of Sheffield Theatres, Susan Burns of Chol Theatre, and Dr David James of Sheffield Hallam University:

Shanaz Gulzar: LeanerFasterStronger

Shanaz Gulzar: LeanerFasterStronger

Extraordinary Moves

Artists and sports engineers explored developments in bio-engineering and the ethical questions around body enhancements, movement and what we mean by ability. The results included a touring family theatre piece, debates, exhibitions and culminated in a new play written by Kaite O’Reilly.

In collaboration with: Sheffield Hallam University, Chol Theatre, Sheffield Theatres.

“Kaite O’Reilly’s LeanerFasterStronger had me thinking and talking about sport all the way home… The performances were great and the level of ideas presented was complex and fascinating… this work didn’t disappoint”
– Disability Arts Online

For images from the motion capture lab, interviews with myself and performer Kiruna Stamell, and other archived material about this collaboration across theatre and sports science, please go to: