So if you hadn’t already heard ‘Imagine Luton Festival’ is on the horizon and we were honoured to welcome Julia Cheng of ‘House of Absolute’ (who is featuring at the festival) to one of our dance company sessions.
Julia was not only incredibly kind about our work but she also offered one of our dance company members the opportunity to be part of a workshop at The Southbank Centre to help develop her piece ‘The Human Jukebox’ for The Imagine Luton Festival.
Photo courtesy of Richard Moore
Check out our interview with Julia and Sasha to find out more about this wonderful experience.
Julia Cheng – “Human Jukebox is a show inspired by street performance and busking, researching the relationship between music, dance and performance. House of Absolute were offered 4 days as company in residence for Urban festival at the Southbank Centre to develop their work. This work will be shown at Imagine Luton festival on the 24th June 2017 in front of the Luton Town Hall. Artists include multi-disciplined practitioners of a wide range of skills sets.
It was great to work with Sasha, she showed a great level of conduct and maturity with her involvement in the project. It was brilliant to see how much she had developed across the four days and it was an absolute pleasure to have her on board to contribute as a dancer.”
Photo courtesy of Vladimir Gruev
Sasha- “I was extremely nervous to even step foot through the door of The Southbank Centre as House of Absolute are already an established dance company and already had a set dynamic. However, we all seemed to gel really well through movement and used our unfamiliarity of each other as a way to try and incorporate new irregular choreography.
The last day was a rather emotional one to be quite honest, the wrapping up of a project that involved and brought together the most unlikely of people. This day felt much more powerful than the others, movement intensified in passion and bonds grew stronger in performance.
I loved this experience and truly believe that it has opened my mind to dance in the broadest possible sense and made me appreciate and focus on the impact of music a lot more. As a dancer I believe that I have greatly benefited from this experience and I’d love to be a part of something similar in the future.”
Thank you Julia and NGYT.