Gog Magog: A dance project made during Covid-19 lockdown 2020

A new collaboration with composer-musician  Kevin Flanagan, 2019 artist-in-residence at Stapleford Arts Centre, led to discovering the Gog Magog downs. Originally an anglo saxon hill fort, now rich in wild flowers and the song of skylarks as well as myths of land art portraying a moon goddess beneath the chalk surface, TURNING WORLDS’ original plans for a performance tour and participatory workshops shapeshifted with the lockdown into the Gog Magog film premiered to a large audience on zoom on the 6th August. You can see that film here:

https://vimeo.com/444564834

I am interesting in foregrounding the interconnection; between body and land, the local to global, in the era of the anthropocene. Reinforcing connections seemed so important in our isolation, so in addition to the core TURNING WORLDS team of dancers, past collaborators from Penzance to Melbourne, Portugal to Wales, Taunton to Manchester  brought their own responses to make a choreography for the camera.

Reinforcing connections seemed so important in our covid isolation, so in addition to the core TURNING WORLDS team of dancers, past collaborators from Penzance to Melbourne, Portugal to Wales, Taunton to Manchester  brought their own responses to make a choreography for the camera foregrounding the interconnections between; between body and land, the local to global, in the era of the anthropocene.

https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/news/articles/gog-magog-a-new-dance-film-/

Choreographer/Director: Jane Turner

Film (Gog Magog Hills): Chris Frazer Smith

Editing: Chris Frazer Smith

Music: Kevin Flanagan

Dancers: Natacha Bisarre, Gwen Jones, Grégoire A. Meyer, David Ogle, Ann Pidcock

Costume consultant: Sam Dightam

Guest DanceFilms by:

Deborah Baddoo MBE, Lexi Bradburn, Victoria Chiu, Kema T. Ekpei, Anna Golding, Josh Alan Michaux-Trask, Joan Mills, Caroline Schanche, Karen da Silva, Tim Taylor, Trevor Waldron

With thanks to Trevor Barlow, Claire Beale and the Magog Trust

Supported by Arts Council England

 

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