The suchness of Heni and Eddie.

Lee, Rosemary (2007) The suchness of Heni and Eddie. [Film/Video]

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This DVD presents the making of a hybrid performance/lecture-demonstration which was first devised as a presentation of artistic process as part of ResCen's Nightwalking Conference in September 2002. The work and the DVD are designed to un-pick and expose the layers of exploration within the creative process. Intimacies, subtleties and fruitful accidents are revealed locating the audience as witnesses to the dancers' thought processes and physical challenges, as well as hearing my struggles and discoveries as choreographer: many are stimulated by the writings of Niki Pollard. Simultaneously an intimate duet unfolds between the dancers. The DVD uses non-linear, multimedia potential of interaction as a means to document both the making and the performance. It includes rehearsal footage, notebooks, and other material that influenced the creation of the work as well as a detailed split screen edit of the performance itself. It exposes the ways that the dancers, Eddie Nixon and Henrietta Hale, and the choreographer communicate together in the studio as well as with their audience in performance. The work raises questions and dilemmas for the maker, the performers and the audience: for example, what is the nature of performing in this context? Does the audience gain from knowing more? Is improvisation or set material the best means of reflecting a relationship in dance? How can one describe the process in words without destabilising what is understood to be the audience experience? Collaborators: Dancers Henrietta Hale and Eddie Nixon. Choreographed in collaboration with the dancers. Writing by Rosemary Lee and Niki Pollard. Documentation design and production: Ludivine Allegue: Camera/Sound recording during the rehearsals: Peter Anderson and Ludivine Allegue.

Item Type:Film/Video
Research Areas:School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
ID Code:766
Deposited On:16 Dec 2008 15:42
Last Modified:09 Feb 2013 15:56

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