Tanya’s Not Mad

4 10 2008

This is a dance piece I created after seeing the QED documentary entitled John’s Not Mad, about a young man with Tourette Syndrome. In the course of everyday life, John would suddenly burst out with swearing, insults and random obscenities at inappropriate moments. He simply couldn’t control the urge to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

The concept for Tanya’s Not Mad was “dancer’s tourettes” – trying to deal with daily life, interrupted by ‘bad dancing’. I wrote, choreographed and directed the film, but still managed to be surprised when people said they saw a bit of Buster Keaton in the performance! I hope you enjoy the film.

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Meikyo – Behind the scenes

4 10 2008

Here are a few pics from the dance film project I worked on with songwriter/composer James Grant – a mix of contemtporary dance, classical Japanese martial arts and supernatural thriller… The film is directed by Pete Martin and is currently being edited. Should be cool.

Stills by Maria Falconer. Make up by Alice McGregor of Bobby Brown.

Tanya in Meikyo
Tanya in Meikyo
One of my favourite moves in the kata

One of my favourite moves in the kata

Dealing with my demons

Dealing with my demons





Behind the scenes

17 09 2008

Here are a few more shots from my film (still in post-production!).

Alice MacGregor from Bobby Brown doing my make-up

Kicking
There is no art so dark as the human heart

There is no art so dark as the human heart

James unmasked - looking smooth

Getting my slap on...

Rehearsal with Pete

Rehearsal with Pete

Photographs by Maria Falconer.





Tanya’s Not Mad

20 08 2008

This is a dance piece I created after seeing the QED documentary entitled John’s Not Mad, about a young man with Tourette Syndrome. In the course of everyday life, John would suddenly burst out with expletives, insults and random obscenities at the most inappropriate moments. He simply couldn’t control the urge to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

The concept for Tanya’s Not Mad was “dancer’s tourettes” – trying to deal with daily life, interrupted by ‘bad dancing’. I wrote, choreographed and directed the film, but still managed to be surprised when people said they saw a bit of Buster Keaton in the performance! I hope you enjoy the film.