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Seapiece

Updated on November 6, 2018

Seapiece - Yn dathlu symudiad cyso / A celebration of constant motion


Created by Deborah Claire Procter

27th July 2002, Aberystwyth stone jetty at the harbour end of town

Over 25 performers in a four-hour movement study set on the seawall in Aberystwyth

Made with the support of Arts Council of Wales, "Social Risk Fund" (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), Aberystwyth Town Council, and Ceredigion County Council

"Marvellous depiction of people and landscape:

very moving." Audience Member

BACKGROUND

The piece was made after a long process of observation of the people coming and going on the stone jetty.

It was designed to take advantage of panorama of the sea and the sky.

The site chosen is a place where people walk every day. The performance was a way of re-drawing attention to a familiar landscape. Thus the title was an obvious play on words between "sea" and "see." Also with "piece" and "peace."

The silhouettes of the performers were planned to captivate the viewer and indeed many of the public who came and went, actually stayed for the whole 4 hour duration of the performance.

Procter's idea was to explore the line between everyday un-trained pedestrian movements and trained dance movements.

"Most original work"

"Evocative!"

"Great! Very moving"

Artist: Deborah Claire Procter

Deborah Claire Procter (Wales) works independently making performances that are a hybrid of live art, dance and theatre. On graduating from Exeter University, she acted with Theatre Alibi, receiving through them extensive training with Gardzienice Theatre Association in the U.K. and Poland. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Wales (Cardiff), and in 2005 received the Creative Wales Award. Performing in numerous prestigious venues such as the Ferens (Hull), Spacex (Exeter), Hemsley Theatre (Madison - USA), and Museum Theatre (Madras); in 2004 she began making videos, including showing at the “Dance on Screen Festival” at The Place, London.

Since 1995 she has trained intensively in NLP including with leading practitioners Stephen Gilligan, and co-founder John Grinder. She teaches voice, performance and NLP as a part-time and guest lecturer in many institutions like the University of Glamorgan, University of Wales, Cardiff , and University of Baroda (India).

Following a travel grant from the British Council she began collaborating with Argentinean composer Oscar Edelstein, and currently is working with him and her company, Clear Insight Productions, on a new opera about the links between Wales and Argentina.

PERFORMERS

  • VIKRAM IVENGAR (Katak dance)
  • STUART BOWDEN (member of Diversions Dance Company)
  • SU CHU LU (Chinese folk dance & martial arts)
  • JANE LLOYD-FRANCIS & Heroi: Carreg Dressage & Equilibre Horse Theatre
  • KIRAN RATNA & MEGAN LLOYD: India Dance Wales
  • SARAH MUMFORD (Contemporary dancer) & JAN DAVIS (Contemporary dancer)
  • GORWELLION community group
  • CENTRE FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH SUMMER SCHOOL directed by Richard Gough
  • Local people from Aberystwyth who attended open workshops

Seapiece directed by Deborah Claire Procter
Seapiece directed by Deborah Claire Procter | Source

"Amazing feat, I watched for 4 hours transfixed. Fantastic setting, really worked well."

INSPIRATION

Watching people walk along the jetty.

The audience had the option of looking with binoculars.

Procter says;

On of my long-term inspirations is Whisper, the Waves, the Wind (1983-1984) by North American artists Suzanne Lacy and Sharon Allen. In the performance 154 older women talk about their hopes and fears whilst sat around square white cloth covered tables set on a beach. Whilst they talk their hands form a choreography so that in one moment, when viewed from the cliffs above, it as if they are the patterns of a patch-work quilt. The Crystal Quilt (1987), which featured 430 older women.

Influences

Other influences were the kind of choreographic ideas that came out of Judson Dance Theater (N.Y.C.) in the 1960s. There was Yvonne Rainer who made choreography which was a combination of classical dance steps contrasted with everyday, ordinary, pedestrian movement. Rainer's "No Manifesto," was a famous rejection of some of the cliches of dance such virtuosity, spectacle and the heroic. The strategy was a way to demystify dance and to mix the classical with the everyday.

In the same movement was choreographer Trisha Brown who also explored the lines between simple movements and virtuosic dance.

The now classic book that chartered these postmodern dance movements in the USA was "Terpischore in Sneakers" by Sally Bane where she examines various choreographers ( such as Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, David Gordon, Deborah Hay, Lucinda Childs, Meredith Monk, Kenneth King, Douglas Dunn and so on) and their attempts to "reconceive the medium of dance."


"A beautiful & unique experience"

Seapiece

COLLABORATORS

  • Artistic Consultant: STUART LYNCH
  • Rehearsal assistant: SU CHU LU
  • Photography: ROBERT BAGLEY
  • Production Assistant: PHIL MORAN
  • Volunteer: SIRIOL JOYNER

"An extraordinary experience - quite moving! "

SUPPORT

  • Arts Council of Wales
  • "Social Risk Fund" (Wales Council for Voluntary Action)
  • Aberystwyth Town Council
  • Ceredigion County Council

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