Projects & Performances

Respond-React (2008-2012)

An exciting project working with artists based in Bristol's twin cities and their, twin cities'. The project includes a biennial choreographic residency, a biennial festival of site responsive work and professional development opportunities.

The project will develop through a series of smaller projects culminating in a biennial *site responsive inter disciplinary arts festival in Spring 2012. The focus of the work is on counter, Urban and Hip Hop culture.

Why Site Responsive and Hip Hop/counter culture influenced?

For clarity, when we use the term Hip Hop we do not mean the media’s manufactured version of the culture i.e. profanity, misogyny and violence.  We strongly believe and promote the original philosophy, which is, ‘Peace, unity, love and having fun, supported by knowledge and wisdom’.  This is the true foundation of Hip Hop Culture.

There’s been a vested interest in recent years, in placing the art forms of Hip Hop indoors, placing it into theatre’s, galleries and concert halls, somehow this is seen to validate its integrity.  Hip Hop Culture grew out of a response to its environment, this is why the festival is site responsive.

Phase 1

June 08: Kwesi Johnson meets Anthony Egea of Cie Revolution to discuss a collaboration.

Phase 2

February 09: Egea visits the UK to observe rehearsals and the premier of Boxin’.

April 09: Johnson visits Bordeaux to observe Egea working on Clash and give masterclasses at Cie Revolution’s Centre De Formation.

June 09:  Johnson makes contact with Victor Quijada of Rubberband Dance, Montreal to discuss expanding collaborations.

November 09: Johnson returns to Bordeaux to see Clash by Cie Revolution.

Phase 3

February  2010: Johnson spends time in Montreal with Quijada observing his practice, firming dates and activity for the summer residency.

Phase 4

Summer 2010: Biennial choreographic residency with three choreographers, Egea, Quijada, Johnson, in collaboration with musicians Franck II Loiuse, Jasper Guhania and Luke Harney  and invited dancers.

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Phase 5

Winter 2012: New works created by Johnson, Egea and Quijada for Kompany Malakhi’s touring production.

Spring  2012 – Spring 2013: Tour new work

Phase 6

Spring 2012: choreographic residency and Respond-React Festival of site responsive work.

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