Heaven on Earth? is a European-wide performance project, inspired by French writer and activist Jean Genet. The UK partner is Plymouth University.
Pride in Plymouth are very excited to be a partner in the Heaven on Earth? with Plymouth University, we are assisting with the promotion and facilitation of the UK events here in Plymouth.
The first of a series of events to be held was FREE Creative and Somatic Movement Workshops for LGBTQ people held in early December 2013.
The 2 hour workshops introduced a gentle, inclusive and playful approach to working creatively together through movement and gesture. They drew on techniques from physical theatre, somatic movement practice and dance.
We believe that dance exists through the life of the body and can tell us something about who we are and how we feel.
Participants who would like to take the practice a bit further we are organising further workshops in January.
All of these workshops will be led by Claire Summers (Artistic Director of Exim Dance) and Ruth Way (a dance artist and film-maker who is also Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at Plymouth University).
They are part of a European-wide project called Heaven on Earth? that focuses on issues of equality, respect for diversity and developing an expressive and empathic voice. The main outcome of this artistic project is the production of a visually stunning dance film inspired by the French artist and activist, Jean Genet.
For those workshop participants who want to continue working with us, there will be opportunities to get involved in selected sscenesnd ensemble work as part of the film shoot on location in Plymouth in March and April 2014.
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About Heaven on Earth?
Waterfront areas of Plymouth will soon set the scene for a major new dance film inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, one of the leading French writers of the twentieth century. The film is a commission for the EU-funded project, entitled Heaven on Earth?, taking place in countries across Europe over the next year.
Roberta Mock, as executive producer, is head of the creative team for the dance film, which features Ruth Way as choreographer of the dance sequences and Kayla Parker as the film’s director. Sundog Media will oversee production for the screen, with Stuart Moore responsible for cinematography, assisted by Siobhan Mckeown who will also be its editor.
In the first stage of the project this autumn, the team will be working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups in Plymouth to generate movement and narrative sequences based on LGBT people’s stories and memories of the city. Minority communities and marginalized individuals were of great importance to Jean Genet and the film will use many of the formal stylistic elements of his stage and film work including ritual movement, highly symbolic props and costumes, and evocative settings.
Choreographic rehearsals with principal dancers and performers, and storyboarding and refinement of the storyline for the dance film are taking place over the winter months, with filming and sound design work next spring. After editing and post-production, the 10 minute dance film will receive its gala premiere next June in Athens, Greece.
Plymouth audiences will have the opportunity to attend its UK première on 29 June 2014 at Plymouth Arts Centre, as part of a creative weekend inspired by the writing and ideas of Jean Genet.
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