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In September 2017 I led a 2 week research and development to establish the core conceptual, design, and movement ideas of a 50min dance and music performance. The R&D project was supported by Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Candoco, TrinityLaban and Independent Dance.
I will choreograph a dance and music performance piece. Through this work I wish to normalise an inclusive approach to dancing, with a piece that is conceptually and technically sophisticated. Five international dancers will perform movement and song entirely, celebrating the body’s dexterity and virtuosity.
The music and dance styles will draw influences from both popular genres and abstract movements in the arts. Lyrics and movement will be written in collaboration with consultants in audio description and British Sign Language, for visually and hearing impaired audiences, to outlay the intentions of the performance for all audiences.
The performance is a vehicle to ignite a conversation about the audience's relationship to abstraction in the mainstream and independent sectors of music and dance.
Dancers: Vincenzo d'Acquisto, Annie Hanauer, Saara Maria Hurme, Leah Marojevic, Christopher Owen.
Choreographer & Co-producer: Andrew Graham
Co-producer: Saphia Bishop
Composer: Mathieu Grenier
Music by Etta James - All I could do was cry.
British Sign Language Consultant: Chisato Minamimura.
Photography by Amber Rose Smith
Time Massage R&D excerpts
R&D excerpts at TrinityLaban Studios.
Cameraman: Anthony Graham
Photography by Amber Rose Smith
Photography by Amber Rose Smith
In Quasi, gender is investigated as a systematic subject of fantasy. How do we reconcile the natural and the artificial skin when we face our wardrobes?
In this piece, Andrew is jostled between his constructed character and his personal history. He is frolicking with the tools we use to create gender, and desacralising gender roles.
In creating Quasi, Andrew aimed to make a metaphoric painting of his own sexual shock. Together, the artist and the character are manipulating fiction and reality in search of an inventive performance of gender.
Choreography and Performance: Andrew Graham
Sound Composition/Arrangement: Michele Panegrossi
Andrew Graham - 'Quasi'
Wapping Project - JANUARY 2011
Neu/now Festival 2011 - Le Lieu Unique (Nantes, France)
Chisenhale Dance 2011 (London, UK)
Siobhan Davies Dance - What now? Festival 2011 by Independent Dance (London, UK)
A friend, a colleague and two brothers. For the first time they meet for a collaboration. They create impressions of their synergy. Sustained and fluid interactions take place, through dancing and filming. Changing the surface beneath them with and without water, they find reciprocity in this audacious series of abstractions.
On the Tip of my Tongue
Choreography by Kimberley Harvey and Andrew Graham. Directed and Edited by Anthony Graham, Co-directed by Kristian Craven. Special thanks to Miau Vartiainen, Candoco Dance Company, Bensound.com
Sam Lee - Ballad of George Collins
Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, Sam's two critically acclaimed albums place songs he has collected first hand from the Gypsy Traveller Community at their heart with inventive arrangements bringing these ancient songs to life for the 21st Century. The Live band 'Sam Lee & Friends' perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
Dominic Hutten, Lyle Wheeler, Jacob Robleto, Bert Roman, Stephen Moynihan
Lips: BISHI www.bishi.co.uk -- Director: Andrew Steggall Producer: Katherine Hayes, Executive Producer, Ashley Cowan Production Company: Us3 Production Choreographer: Andrew Graham Art Direction: Andrew Steggall Costume: Vana Giannoula Editor: Ashley Cowan Make-Up: Natasha Lawes Colourist: Thomas Knowles 1st Assistant Director: Malcolm Davies 2nd Assistant Director: Natalie Gibbon Director of Photography: Brian Fawcett 1st Camera Assistant: Thomas Fishwick 2nd Camera Assistant: Andrew Bradley DIT: Dave Bridges Grip: Paul Kemp Gaffer: Howard Davidson Spark: Damien Ansell Art Department: Jim Harris, Luis San Martin Costume Assistant: Anastasia Verzoviti Runner/Driver: Jeremy Talbot, Nick Edwards-Tombs, Jennifer Patterson Runner: Joanna Gulcz, Krystyna Stawicka, Laurel Pardue
THANKS TO Us3 Productions S+O Media The Joint Hackney Downs Studios
Adam James - The Mudhead Dance
In 2011, Adam James and Andrew Graham were awarded the Gill Clark PAL-LAB Grant in order to pursue a research project on the Pueblo Clowns.
At the rise of spring, the clowns perform fertility rites. A clown will conceal his identity to make social commentaries through satirical acts. Their camouflage consists of paint and mud. These characters will commit acts of cruelty, as a way to reflect on society and express as a community.
During the research project, they collected stories, images, and texts, and generated scores, sculptures and ideas for a potential composition.
Following on, Adam James invited Andrew Graham to choreograph The Mudhead Dance inspired by the clowns and our collection.
The Mudhead Dance
A film by Adam James Co-produced by Chris Williams
Dancers - Megan Broadmeadow, Typhanie Delaup, Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Victoria Fischer, Evangelia Kolyra, Max McBride, Annakanako Mohri, Anastasia Papaeleftheriadou, Soyoung Park, Iefiz Putra
Mudheads - Andy Barrett, Sue Casson, Christopher Hood, Adrian Hume Robinson, Peter Jacobs, Jason Lee-Dear, Malachy Orozco, Simon Wallace, Paul Yardley
Production Dept Cameraman and 1st AD - Steve Glashier Choreographer and 2nd AD - Andrew Graham Lighting design - Dominic Warwick Camera assist - Liam White, Sam Stone Runner - Tabreez Damani Sound recorder - Christopher Daniel Jack Set builders - Peter Wylie, Michael Keane Photographers - Pau Ros Sintas, Robert Quinn, Laura Beduz, Tracy Fahy, Lizzie Mayson
PLV22 – Crew food David Beschizza – Driver
Post-Production Dept Frank Millward – Composer Professor Paul Draper - Soundtrack Production, 5.1 Mix and Guitar (Griffith University, Australia) Fraser Watson – Colorist videoblocks.com
Costume department Berthe Fortin, Emily Ni-Bhroin, Ksenia Vashchenko, Lisa Duncan, Laura Sepp, Marta Jimenez, Ottavia Trama, Sandra Arroniz Lacunza, Vana Giannoula
Special thanks Arts Council Grants for the Arts, Vitrine Gallery, Shortwave Cinema, PAL-LAB, Siobhan Davies Dance, Tara Cranswick – V22 Summer Club, Kingston University Moving Image Department
5X is a performance group formed by Efrosini Protopapa, Kathrin Felzmann, Joe Wild, Susanna Recchia and Andrew Graham.
The group was formed in 2011 at the occasion of FLAUSEN+, which is a residency for performance research projects, hosted and supported by Theater Wrede in Oldenburg, Germany.
The body of a diplomat
'Expertise, Ignorance... Place'
Each of the five artists came with an area of expertise in performance: choreology, performing, choreography, pedagogy and dramaturgy. The group experimented with different collaborative structures by either experiencing or re-inventing existing structures . In doing so, 5X developed systems to compose collectively, through mapping individual and collective expertise. They were interested in challenging their notion of expertise by taking support on Jacques Rancière's book, The ignorant schoolmaster.
Jacques Rancière's approach on 'expertise', brought the group to experiment with the way one relates to 'space' and 'place'. The way in which an individual define oneself in an environment, and grows a relationship between its individuality and its surroundings.
They were interested in either a social, environmental, artistic or professional rapport to place. During their research project, the group created an extensive collection of maps, stories, interactive tasks and performative scores.
Since 2011, 5X developed a series of performance lectures, workshops and publications around Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Vlo is the Dutch word for 'flea'. This site specific performance was inspired by the life in Amsterdam's red light district. The curator Ali Macglip invited Adam and Andrew in residence at the W139 Gallery, to experience the life and the people in the neighbourhood. The two artists collected materials from the streets and the flea markets in the area. They collected actions and gestures, to create a master-score which set the rules for a precise improvisation.
Vlo inspired the two artists to embark on their research project Vloism. Adam and Andrew were awarded the Gill Clarke PAL-LAB Grant to pursue their research project.