Dancing Voices:
Purple Geranium

A Pilot Research Project

a story created through an experiential research Process

 

The piece pilots a model of creative, cross-disciplinary enquiry through dance, music, lyrics, poetry, and reflective practice.

The research aim is to build on individual experience through an iterative, expansive, inherently relational creative process to develop more universal pathways for growth in response to loss.

This performance is an important milestone in the collaboration between Medesthai and Maeve McGreevy (dancer), Danny Green (music composer) and Maria Eleonora Ramsby Herrera (creative director and lead researcher).

Dancing Voices is

a collaboration between artists who strive to tell people’s stories, which are related to specific topics, through the universal language of art. The purpose of these collaborations is to share stories that remind us of our shared humanity; bringing people together and inspiring people to connect to themselves and others.

Purple Geranium is

a 20-minute piece which includes elements of dance movement, spoken word and music, which together explore the topic of loss and the ways in which loss can be experienced.

Where research meets artistry

we collaborate with co-researchers who share their stories with us, stories which are related to a specific topic that the artists aim to highlight. A research process is closely intertwined with the creative process: the collected qualitative data is interpreted and analysed by the artists themselves, who then construct it into a narrative which is presented though dance, music and storytelling lyrics.

 

Danny Green

Danny Green is a published musician and songwriter living in London. His main creative outlet is a band called Laish, for which he has written and produced four albums. Taking influence from songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Will Oldham and Thom Yorke, he is ever exploring his own approach to classic-style songwriting. Laish are regularly played on BBC 6Music and have performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and music festivals and toured extensively throughout Europe.

Maeve McGreevy

Maeve McGreevy (Belfast, Ireland) is a London based dance artist. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School and is currently pursuing work in the field of dance theatre. Her interest in collaborative practice stems from the belief that dance cannot be created solely within the walls of a studio but that it must be informed and affected by the wider world and life experiences.

Maria Eleonora Ramsby Herrera

With a passion for movement and education, Eleonora holds a BA degree from London Contemporary Dance School and an MA degree in Effective Learning and Teaching from UCL (distinction). This collaboration serves as the cornerstone for her work as a choreographer and researcher in the field of dance and performance.

 

panel discussions and Q&A

Through our panel discussions and Q&A we further wish to encourage a dialogue between audience members, scholars from different academic backgrounds and the researchers and artists involved to hear their experience of the piece and how the piece may, or may not, be related to their own perspectives on the topic in question.

 
I too had a stroke, in 2014. I have a blank of two weeks. But my husband fills me in on the details. Today he told me some of Maeve’s movements reminded him of me in the early days. I am now coming to discover more...
— Feedback card, Anonymous
 

Lise Uytterhoeven

Lise Uytterhoeven is Senior Lecturer in Dance and Head of Learning & Teaching at London Studio Centre, where she teaches dance historiography, performance theory and cultural studies. She holds a PhD from University of Surrey, which centred around the work of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, dramaturgy and engaged spectatorship. She has published in Contemporary Theatre Review, Research in Dance Education and The Ethics of Art (Valiz, 2014). She co-authored the study guide What Moves You? Shaping your dissertation in dance (Routledge, 2017) with Charlotte Nichol. Lise is Chair of the Society for Dance Research.

John Vorhaus

John Vorhaus is Professor of Moral and Educational Philosophy at the UCL Institute of Education in London. He is working on questions about the moral and political status of groups of vulnerable people - including people with profound cognitive impairments, dementia or seeking assistance to end their lives and people caught up in war and violent conflict.

 
 
 

The University Women's Club

Medesthai presents
Dancing Voices' pilot project premiere:
Purple Geranium

Sunday, 25th February 2018
15:00 – 17:00 GMT