We’ve have had a great week, attending Platform 33’s birthday party (see our blog below), going to watch ‘Harlekin’ by Devero as part of the London Mime Festival (see Vanessa’s review below), and starting work on out next collaboration with physical theatre artist Emma Miller, with whom we’ll be performing at Platform 33 on the 6th March. It’s great to be collaborating and creating again!
Our first brainstorming session with Emma was so exciting, and pretty hilarious too, and some great ideas came out of the session which we look forward to expanding. Before Christmas our compositional mentor Errolyn Wallen set us the challenge of creating a signature jingle to sum up our instrument to a martian! Definitely one of the best tasks I’ve ever been set! We have decided to expand and improvise on these in our next rehearsal with Emma, and see if any musical ideas come out that could be incorporated into our performance.
Back to today, and up first on the agenda was further planning for our appearance at the Music Education Expo in March(www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk), including the organising of a giant MOC banner, TV screens to play a showreel of us in action, and the printing of loads of publicity flyers! It’s quite a task, but we’re looking forward to having our first MOC stall!
We’re really keen to apply to do a creative residency, allowing us some dedicated time to explore and develop new compositional avenues, and potentially also work on a new collaboration. Dartington is somewhere we are particularly keen to spend our residency, an exciting place with art and music everywhere, encouraging creativity at every turn. This week we plan to investigate potential spaces that could accommodate us, and possible dates that they and we are available.
Looking ahead and MOC are getting out and about this week! We’re off to two more London Mime Festival events, ‘Hans was Heiri’ by Zimmermann & de Perrot on Wednesday at the Barbican, and Gandini’s ‘Smashed’ on Friday at The Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House. We’ve also got our first improvising session with movement specialist and theatre performer Niamh McKernan, so lots to report on next Monday!