The Road Not Taken

Anna Newell

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationQueen's Studio Theatre
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 06 Feb 2007

Bibliographical note

Medium of Output: Production on DVD
Brief details of Performance: The Road Not Taken was a devised production involving live performance and projected image, created in collaboration with choreographer Stevie Prickett, lens based artist Anthony Luvera, designer Niall Rea and students from first year to Ph.D. level from drama, film and creative writing. The research question was how to fuse the different elements so as to create a coherent interdisciplinary performance language, around the concept of alternative possibilities.

I spent an intensive summer training with Phillipe Gaulier early on in my career (1991) and continued to develop his notions about play, playfulness and ensemble. Collaborative work with Scottish Dance Theatre both with professional and community performers in the late 90’s informed a physical narrative ever-present in my devised work and often present in productions of existing texts. Seminal influences include Complicite, Biuro Podrózy and an observing placement with Silviu Pucarete: my developing creative practice through an eclectic portfolio freelance career from 1989 – 2005 has been strongly visual, theatrical, physical, and stylised, with frequent collaborations with dance and music. Particular recurrent themes were the musical scoring of theatre works in a filmic way and explorations of chorus.

The two years as Artistic Director of the Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts have seen this creative practice directly informing an evolving pedagogy involving play, intensive explorative creative adventure and the creation of a number of models for devising performance pieces with students and a range of visiting artists, models which have elastic “room” for whatever collaborative energies the visiting artists bring and for the students to contribute to and feel ownership of the projects at the same time as there being a strong directorial voice to the work.
Documentation: dvd (accessible via the CETLCPA web site), programme, and CETL folder as context.

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