As part of Festival 8’s offerings of alternative activities we present an interesting mix of movement and poetry. This is a participatory workshop. Come along and try out something totally new.
A taster workshop looking at the physicality and musicality of words, phrases, sounds and feelings.Explore how we can write with our bodies
Poet and choreographer Helen Calcutt and writer, facilitator and spoken word artist Hayley Frances introduce new ways of thinking about poetry and dance, bringing the ideas, patterns and shapes of language to life.Participants will use professional dance techniques, and are inspired by the natural rhythms and sounds of words.
Suitable for poets, dancers, non-dancers and non-poets alike.Participants will enjoy a movement warm-up to start, focusing on rhythm, space, contact and communication, followed by explorations into how the design of a poem can shape the design of a dance, and vice-versa. Participants will move and write, developing their own responses to the Bodily Writing concept, and crafting their own unique material.
About the project
Founded in 2014, Bodily Writing is fast becoming one of the most researched interdisciplinary arts projects. It is currently the only project of its kind happening in the UK.Inspired by the poet Stéphane Mallarmé and his ‘écriture corporelle‘, Bodily Writing explores the potential dialogue between dance and poetry – “Essentially, we are looking at how language and movement can come together, how we can develop this combined art form within our practice, and share this exciting creative venture with others.” (Helen Calcutt, project founder ’14)
The project includes research development, workshop facilitation, and performance. Project leaders are Marie-Louise Crawley, Hayley Frances, and Helen Calcutt.