Titchfield Abbey and Interdisciplinary Choreographic Practices
A year’s work of interdisciplinary studies at UOW will culminate in a site-specific choreography, to be performed on Tuesday 1st April, approx. 2pm at Titchfiled Abbey. Each week both visiting and in house choreographers have shared their choreographic process, a privilege that is often kept under wraps. I have built up a bank of choreographic tasks, methods, process, choices, questions that can be applied to any piece of work that I choose to make. In addition I have been shown how many possibilities there are in terms of making interdisciplinary work. Text, autobiography, object play, fusions of dance styles, responses to modern art and responses to site have been approached and investigated in so many different ways. Our brief; to make a 6-8 minute interdisciplinary group piece building on the skills and ideas accumulated throughout the module. There are no limits. At last a brief that lets us nurture our creative souls and not a static set of learning outcomes and somebody else’s dead idea. The module had given us so many inspirational ideas to work from but for me it was a given: Having already journeyed to Titchfield Abbey to play with the site alongside class, I was hooked and my group were too. Moving on from initial improvisation in journeying around and hunting out new finds and spaces within the site, our piece itself became a journey. Both throughout the site and through history, drawing parallels between historical visitors such as Elizabeth I and Shakespeare and ourselves, the audience members and visitors today. By evoking its past functions and giving it a new contemporary function our piece aims to bring attention to the beautiful ruins and to help the audience explore and discover it from new angles themselves. A building like this speaks for itself, and we let it, hopefully orchestrating a journey that discovers the site rather than becoming dwarfed by it. This work will hopefully be the start of many in sites like this, there is so much more work to be done in terms of selecting, polishing and refining the work and now I have a rough and ready but tangible experience to move forward with. Drawing on my background in the history of art and architecture and my studies in history at UOW, I would like to explore local heritage and oral histories in futures works.Some documentary evidence and images of the site and the work in progress are available on the blog below, including reflecting notes and commentary that came up along the way.
Mill Ln, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 5RA01424 775705
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Kwon, M. (2004) One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. USA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.