This year as part of Next Choreography Festival, curated by young artists and choreographers from our Next Choreography programme, choreographer and dance artist Robbie Synge performs his work Douglas.
Douglas stems from physical actions imagined by Robbie Synge while working on various daily tasks at home. The work was developed throughout 2014, outdoors and in Evanton Village Hall, Ross-shire.
Douglas results from an intuitive approach that often involves objects or physical materials as a point of attention. Structures warmly invite and focus physical action through tactile exploration or amateur physics experimentation. The mind becomes occupied by haptic feedback, and proprioceptive adventures unpick locks towards playful immersion and reflection, through which many hours pass. A questioning of point and purpose tussles with an intrinsic embodied appreciation of fulfilment through physical action. Objects are functional tools, or devices as an extension of body or, perhaps more importantly, as elements that acquire some independent agency upon the body, regardless of typical function. Amid inanimate objects, a live-ness and ecology of connection and feedback is pursued. Douglas is this. This is Douglas. Somewhere, through these considerations, a choreographic practice emerges.
Douglas was commissioned in 2014 by Yorkshire Dance’s respond, a Digital R&D Fund for the Arts partnership project with University of Leeds and Breakfast Creatives.
Direction and Choreography: Robbie Synge
Lighting: Brian Gorman
Sound: David Maxwell
Dramaturgical Assistance: Peggy Olislaegers
Duration: 50 minutes approximately
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