For the first time since March, I got to dance in a studio today. It was still familiar. And it felt great.
I was at Trinity Laban to prepare for teaching some material from my Bodies and Buildings work. That teaching will happen outside but I took the opportunity to request some studio time to make sure I’d be ready.
I’ve been asked to teach some of my work because I have this history of dancing outside the studio and the stage. It wasn’t until I was back at the Trinity Laban building in Creekside that I realised how appropriate that the Bodies and Buildings connection would be. That dance material and research was developed in areas of rapid urban regenerations – from its initiation in Shanghai where hutong were being cleared in preparation for the Expo, to Dublin’s Docklands, to Beijing and East London before their respective Olympics. Creekside is another Docklands that’s been transformed by gentrification and redevelopment.
I don’t know Creekside’s history yet but it encourages me to know that reconnecting to the Bodies and Buildings investigation there will make sense and will extend the research in another place and through a different generation of dancers.