"Let’s face it, the universe is messy. it is nonlinear, turbulent and chaotic. It is dynamic. It spends time in transient behaviour on its way to somewhere else, not in mathmatically neat equilibria. It self-organizes and evolves. it creates diversity, not uniformity. That’s what makes the world interesting, that’s what makes it beautiful, and that’s what makes it work”. (Donella Meadows.)
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I'm a 65 year old artist. I do stuff that's mostly choreographic and based on movement. I've made around 85 pieces, directed projects, and taught across Europe, North and South America, Canada and the far east.
I taught long-term at artEZ and EDDC Arnhem, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Dartington College of Arts and Falmouth University, Was full-time for nearly 3 years at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and has taught as a visiting lecturer/artist in conservatoires and universities around Europe, and in Venezuela, South Korea, Argentina, Canada and the USA, Was visiting professor of choreography at KNUA Seoul and LEM Buenos Aires.
More than ever these days I enjoy the quieter moments in art and performance-making, not the noise and hype or the big mediated performance. Not the funded stuff and the spectacular, more just small things in small studios, slowly unwinding their logic into space for a few people moving and shaping work that explores contradiction, paradox, the unfunded, the unnoticed, the different and the broken.
People finding ways to move and compose themselves in space simply because they still have too.
I'm always as interested in landscape and environment as in performance, and have always walked and climbed in mountains, and wilderness. I'm older now and with my knackered knees still love to waddle along a mountain path or valley, trusting Mary Oliver, when she wrote....
“Nature, the total of all of us, is the wheel that drives our world; those who ride it willingly might yet catch a glimpse of a dazzling , even spiritual restfulness, while those who are unwilling simply to hang on, who insist that the world must be piloted by man for his won benefit, will be dragged around and around all the same, gathering dust but no joy.”
........and trusting Barry Lopez when he asks...
,“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”