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  • Day 2- Hofesh Shechter Placement

    09/04/13

    Today was my first day helping out with the Hofesh Intensives.

    I arrived at Laban nice and early to meet Helen and to show her round the building. After collecting the PA system and getting to the studio I then started to register people as they came in.

    In the intensive we worked with two of the dancers from the company: Wins and Yegi. We did class and then we learnt repertoire from the piece 'The Art of Not Looking Back'. The material we learnt was from a section called 'desert storm'. The piece is for all females so it was really interesting to hear what sort of ideas and things the dancers think about when it comes to performing this sort of material.

    After a short break we did a more creative session, working from sections in the piece called 'line up' and 'the solo'. The idea of line up was that individually you walked out of the line completely neutral, presented something (literally anything you wanted to) and then walked back. They layered thoughts and ideas onto this and some of the things people presented were really interesting. The solo was a part in the piece where the dancers are on their own and dancing with the idea that they are either handicapped or being stopped from moving into positions. I found this really challenging but it was so much fun watching everyone doing it together!

    After the morning intensive I stayed to register the afternoon group and then I was done for the day as Helen said I can do the same tomorrow and then meet her at the office to help with registers and other things! Today was really challenging for me because it really made me move in a way that I am not used. This experience is really helping me to see not only what sort of things the dancers in the company do regularly, but what other people in the Hofesh team are involved in!

    Looking forward to two more intense days!

    Phoebe x

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