in the language of grasses
taking a troubling question for a walk
… calling performers, dancers, movers, artists, the open and curious who like to move and creatively explore outdoor environments
… an invitation to a day in Long Ashton – on the edgeland between (Bristol) city and (Somerset) country
A morning of movement and training indoors and an afternoon of practice outdoors in fields, lanes and woodland nearby, including ‘taking a question for a walk’. How might a dialogue between mind-body and environment inform us about a troubling question – personal, social or global, and enable us to act in response? This practice can be used simply to investigate a question and/or as an approach to devising creative material.
We will be utilising tools from BodyWeather and Ailsa’s movement and devising practice.
hinterlands workshops are also spaces to re-connect to ourselves, each other and nature, to develop new insights and to support creative exchange.
This is part of a series of events relating to the ongoing development of the project ‘in the language of grasses’. I presented a short workshop/dialogue at the ‘Bodily Undoing’ symposium with support from Theatre Bristol and will be looking for funds and collaborators/performers to further develop a performance/event.
November 11th Long Ashton venue tbc 10 – 4.30 pm
£25-55 sliding scale
wildfeet – BodyWeather and Voice
… for singers, musicians, dancers, performers and the open and curious who would like to creatively explore the voice and outdoor environments
BodyWeather is a practice that explores the qualities of our surrounding environment – the speeds, densities, temperature, texture and vibrations of objects and living things. This exploration happens by embodying these in the body-mind with movement and stillness.
The body, and by extension the voice, can embody these qualities in different ways – through sounding a particular body part, through a change in the speed of the moving body, a shift in the quality of stillness or by a synaesthetic translation e.g. where the texture/colour/temperature of an object becomes a quality of sound.
We will use body awareness and movement exercises to explore this in movement sound and text. The workshop will create a container within which you can follow your own curiosities and interests, and will allow possibilities for manifesting new creative material and approaches to composition and improvisation. We will work with sounding and using the voice in exercises – performing will not be mandatory : the workshop is more about processes and approaches than the performance of material.
November 18th, Long Ashton, venue tbc, 10 – 4.30pm
£25-55 sliding scale
Please contact Ailsa on email@example.com if you would like to join.
I have been engaged with making inherently collaborative, multidisciplinary and site responsive performances and events since 1997 and my approach has developed specifically through ongoing training in BodyWeather (originating in Japan) and with Goat Island Performance Company (Chicago).
Recent performances and residencies include R&D with Ridiculusmus, initial development of in language of grasses (with National Theatre Wales, 2014) and what_now 2014 at the Siobahn Davies studios, London. I also run a workshop programme (the wildfeet and the hinterlands series) incorporating investigations of BodyWeather, the natural environment and tools for solo and collaborative devising (see www.ailsarichardson.com).
Part of my performance career has also been as singer and cellist in experimental theatre, orchestral and choral performances, as a member of a ceilidh band and most recently facilitating residencies with elders in care homes.