|Lisa Griffiths and Craig Bary - A Side to One|
A Side to One received initial funding from an Arts SA Professional Development grant. Beginning with research with Critical Path's Responsive Programme the work had first and second development stages, supported by a residency with ADT Enhanced and The Performance Space. We have presented a small exert as part of Carriage Works 'Night Time' Season. A Side To One has been funded by Arts SA, Critical Path and the Australian Council.
A Side to One is a media dance work choreographed and danced by Lisa Griffiths and Craig Bary. It explores the theme of Human Connection. The dialogue of instinct between two individuals destined to connect. Attracted like magnets they are never static but constantly evolving and intuitive. Adam Synnott will work with us from week 2 as Sound and Visual Artist/Operator.
Drawing on the theme of soul mates our work questions human connection. A collective consciousness - the struggle of being accepted and even loved. The chance to find one's soul mate is a journey that all people go on at some stage in their life.
We want to finish the work with our vision for the end with new projection and choreography concepts. The first half of the work is quite complete and we are happy with the feed back we have had from a range of parties. Now to complete the piece we will investigate what happens to the connection between the two individuals when conflict occurs and how this change can be articulated physically. We aim to do the following:
1) In completing the choreography we want to develop a very different aesthetic which portrays darker tones. We will tap into the underlying messages of our theme and introduce 'conflict'. For this we will use the idea of repelling our bodies in movement which is an extension on our theme of magnetism.
2) During this Residency we will explore conflicting sides of the human psyche through a process which includes improvisational tasks exploring fear, resentment, suspicion and selfishness. We hope these choreographic tasks will expose the darker sides to our connection and provide deeper, perhaps emotional, layers to work into the final half of the work.
3) Our interactive projection experiment Mini Us remains as a challenge in developing the work. We are not ready to throw it away but want to develop this concept into two duets which will transition from a solo by Craig. His solo will move him inside the box and the virtual image of Lisa will be rear-projected onto the perspex wall (behind) in real-time placing her image beside him. Inside the other half of the box is the duet of Lisa and virtual Craig. This duet of the real and virtual person better represents the idea of human connection and opens the idea to past, present or future soul mates. We are curious about how this layer may influence how the work is resolved. For this experiment we will use simple projection screens. We don't particularly need our box to develop this idea, just an appropriate back drop to project on to.
Although our projection ideas are very simple it takes time to integrate with the choreography due to their interactivity. We are determined to pursue this pathway with Adam Synnott who brings a deep connection to our ideas and aesthetic to bear in offering his creative imput. We want a deeper understanding of how and why these elements can merge successfully to portray our message.
We believe we have created a solid foundation for this new work. The benefits of this residency are extremely significant because we want to finish the piece by tackling a darker edge and resolving its structure. The CREATEdance Residency will enable us to fully realise our plans for its visual impact with new choreographic and projection concepts.