The work consisted of two new pieces by Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson which looked at examples of genius. Gary Clarke’s research created darkly humorous sketches of Beethoven’s life and music. Lea Anderson’s research was a detailed reconstruction and re-imagining of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘The Birds’.
The project received an Arts Council ‘Grant for The Arts (GftA)’ award to conduct 12 days of Research and Development which was shared at a press event at the Royal Festival Hall in July 2013.
Beethoven: Gary Clarke
This piece in development looked at the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven through a series of touching and darkly humorous short sketches. Beethoven’s extraordinary life provided choreographer Gary Clarke and Anjali with a canvas on which to create a Gothic, cinematic and theatrical landscape of movement and gesture, danced to excerpts of Beethoven’s music.
A choreographic sketch of Beethoven was created during the second phase of Anjali’s six-day intensive research and development sessions with Gary Clarke. Gary said “Working with Anjali was a rewarding, inspiring and exciting experience. They were an amazing team of talented dance artists who fully invested in the work and its creation. Each company member brought their personality, skill, and above all their hearts and generosity to the process, which resulted in some strong, poignant and beautiful work. During this time I created a special bond with Anjali which I hope will continue.”
The Birds: Lea Anderson
Lea Anderson embarked on a research and development project with Anjali during six intensive days in March 2013.
“We spent some time together to research and develop a piece of work based on a scene from Hitchcock’s film The Birds, using the film as an imaginary score for a dance. I like the rigour of following precise rules in order to create new kinds of dance. We worked on this research with designer Kirsty Jones and composer Steve Blake.
The pace and rhythm of the film’s edits lent a phrasing and tension to the work that I found very interesting. The dancers watched each clip repeatedly and then sampled and presented their three-dimensional versions. We solved problems of space and logistics to present this series of precise pieces.
We will add a superimposed choreography of integrated lighting which will be operated or performed by the dancers. This idea was inspired by the lighting in the film and the manipulation of a torch by the character Melanie. The soundtrack will follow the structure of another superimposed choreography.
I wanted to work with the Anjali dancers to create a new piece of work that would take risks with no possibility of predicting the outcome. I look forward to working with these thoughtful and passionate artists again.”