I started yesterday filled with excitement and terror in pretty equal measures. I’m pleased to say that we had a fantastic first day. It just feels so good to have started.
I am working with the most incredible group of talented and generous performers. We had Chris Benstead, our composer and Simone Kenyon, my dramaturge advisor mentor, in the studio with us all day. In the afternoon we were also joined by Abby Grewcock, costume designer, who presented us with some amazing pieces to play with this week. Jayne Quinton, our production manager and set designer, presented a model of the set and the performers heard the sound score for the first time. So really, we had a massive show and tell session. It felt really important to me to give the performers as much information as possible and bring them inside my head as much as possible.
Roll on Day 2 when the real work begins! : )
It is now only a few days until I will finally get into the studio to start making Leaving - Limbo - Landing, after 8 years of dreaming/imagining and 18 months of planning and discussion. It does feel slightly like I’ve been booked in for an induced labour but that aside - its very exciting!!
This week I’ve been looking at costume designs, trying to find places for performers to stay in London, deciding on colours for dancefloor and sending advanced tasks to the performers to whet their creative appetites. but mostly I’ve been trying to sort out and clear out anything that may require my attention in the coming weeks so that next week I can be in the studio with a clear, focussed, creative brain on.