The standard of the Odyssey Project for future SPACE involvement was truly inspiring.
And a whole new generation of younger PACE performers are now beginning to make their presence felt on the SPIRES Studio stage
We should always remember that over the course of each year a whole new wave of talent is worked thoroughly – through various creative projects – and it is so refreshing to see this new talent in action , in the lesser known Spires Theatre presentations that take place round about this time of year.
I had the pleasure of watching the FOUNDATION THEATRE PROGRAMME doing their ” thinking stuff ” on Saturday afternoon and was delighted at how some of them have now embraced a new found sense of “creativity” in more “unusual ways of performing” – away for the usual “showy delivery” that can often get in the way of younger performers and better drama progress.
There was a definite wind of change in their Spires air …
And it promises good things for next terms PACELY PATTERN project that will bring together a selection of PACE in an exciting end of summer term, home-grown cultural experience.
But to ODYSSEY day and the ” stunning blue ” creative force that rose like a giant wave and washed over those that witnessed the MOVEMENT pieces.
I wish more had seen them …some Chrysalis were lucky and will doubtless go back to their “end of term ” scenes with David with a new sense of purpose for their future PACE journeys
Maybe in hindsight we should have asked FTP along to see them too – I think they would have been mesmerised.
When the body engages in drama , the mind and spirit sync, and your performance truly takes wings.
There’s nothing better than watching a theatre styled group movement piece – the creative bond , the explosion of ideas , the trust and the passion for their Art is unlike anything else in PACE.
Shades of Verona challenge were creeping in , and it was nice to think that this epic occasion will stay safe in future PACE hands with the way this young group of PACE approached this difficult artistc part of the ODYSSEY task.
A picture cannot bring a moment back , but in their artisitc composition , these images can inspire anyone who has a creative eye to the future here.
It was nice that a male only group came out on top on Sunday , the piece ” TIME ” had a simplicity to it , but such extreme physicality that it was hard not to want to watch it again and again.
5 boys, who probably thought they couldn’t move that well , moved us all in such a powerful way
The youngest of the 3 girl groups, with their offering of LUMINOSITY , was beautiful and touching to watch and such an abundance of talent in each and everyone who performed.
Of course the experience and Artistry of the oldest girl group was magnificent to watch and their piece of movement was theatre of “a different kind” , something to aspire to for all who performed that day. The kind of thing you only can do after experiencing cutting edge movement in the likes of Verona itself.
The remaining two groups were equally successful in fulfilling their movement brief and maybe the only thing that separated them from the rest was a slight reticence to let go of the familiar.
The SPACE hopes to right this , by teaching that the uusual , unfamiliar and unfriendly is sometimes the best direction to follow.
I have included some pictures below for you to enjoy – thanks as usual to Pauline for her incredibly visual eye in capturing the drama moment
Without her drama passion for “you all” in this endeavour we would have lost these amazing moments for ever.
I should maybe mention that the movement pieces were to be based on a poem called ” Out of the Blue ” by Simon Armitage and centred on the concept of 9/11 and the disaster that became a terror hallmark of the early 21st Century.
They fulfilled their difficult dramatic brief and I think in many cases surpassed them .
Onwards to the next ENDEAVOUR