Finding the Glory in diversity

bodies moving in harmony in a rehearsalHow do you make professional work with real people not trained performers?

How do you craft performance for a paying audience when you can’t simply use technique to dazzle them?

How do you draw attention to the beauty in the ordinary, and make us marvel at the very variety contained within the human species?

I don’t know, but I know a woman who does. Continue reading

Witnessing a Private Party

a blurry pic of lots of people at a party dancing including a wheelchair userOver the past few weeks I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the development Janice Parker’s latest dance piece – Private Party. Conceived as a follow on from Private Dancer, her award-winning Unlimited Commission for 2012, Private Party takes an eclectic group of 12 dancers one step further to open up various notions, rites and rituals associated with the concepts of both ‘private’ and ‘party’.

I use the word ‘witnessing’ with care as it has both a general and a specific meaning within dance. Continue reading

You can’t always get what you want: dealing with rejection

a door with a graffetti heart on it and then the word 'nope!' written next to it.I’ve been applying for lots of opportunities recently – part of my strategy of trying new things, partly because the pattern of my work seems to have shifted from a few large contracts to many small pieces of delivery.

With a great number of applications, comes a mixed bag of responses – some yes, some no, and some are in between (do more and resubmit).

It’s in the midst of this that I’ve been reading Resilience: facing down rejection and criticism on the road to success, Continue reading

Food for Thought

doing not just thinking The creative case for diversity - plus cartoons of people and the words diversity, creative case and artA different kind of post today – the visual evaluation of a project I worked on earlier in the year.

It’s from Food for Thought – a series of curated meals to discuss diversity and the arts, specifically the Creative Case, Arts Council England’s innovative approach placing difference at the centre, rather than at the edge. See what you think and let me know.

If you want the audio described version – click here.

If you want a version without the background music – click here.

And if you want a transcript – email me directly – joverrent (at) mac.com

Phew!

 

Loving the things I thought I’d hate…

the window of a cafe in Hong Kong - full of hanging things that can't be identified by me!“I was asked to name a place in the world I would least like to go to. I picked Hong Kong – the tall buildings, the congestion, the sheer number of people, the speed of everything. I went there first in October 2012 to take me out of my comfort zone, and to my complete surprise I fell in love with it. The skyscraping buildings I thought I’d hate, I adored. The bustle of humanity had so much to teach me. The people and the politics bumping along side by side were intriguing and beguiling in equal measure…”

This is the opening for a short blog I wrote for the British Council recently. I wanted to share it here too, as it touches on so many things that are going round and around for me just now. Continue reading