Our penultimate performance at Aberystwyth Arts Centre last night had an enthusiastic response from the near sell-out audience, with people piling in for the post-show talk with the Company.
Students, audience members and reviewers took the opportunity to ask artistic directors Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen and performers Sebastian Languener, Jess Haener, Alex Marshall-Parsons and Rosalind Brooks a multitude of questions after the show.
Addressing issues from sexuality and gender to Chelsea Hotel residents and stories, the Company chatted at length with the audience, explaining the artistic process and inspiration behind the performance and explaining Earthfall’s immersive approach to performance through their free Smartphone app.
The Company are heading off to Bournemouth tomorrow for the final performance of Chelsea Hotel at Pavilion Dance. Below you can read a selection of what the Company had to say from our Twitter feed:
“The mattress is so uncomfortable and unforgiving!!” @sebastian_l_
“Silence and pauses in sound can be incredibly significant; you have to work out how best to use it in the overall dynamic” Jess Cohen
“We go into an empty space in silence to work things out. The music builds up naturally and gradually” @jimennis1
“As I worked more with the company our developing relationship got stronger; there is more truth in the performance” Jess Haener – performer
“Every performance has a new breath of life in it. As we tour & get to know one another, that changes how we interact in stage” @AMarshallP
“There’s an element of autobiography in all of our work. We try and identify our own experiences with those we portray on stage” Jim Ennis
“We wanted to show an extraordinary building that housed extraordinary people to the audience” Jess Cohen artistic director
“#chelseahotel had a mix of people immigrants, artists, families, people gave birth & died there…” Jim Ennis artistic director
Post show talk filling up quick! Llawer o bobl I glywed y sgwrs ar ol y sioe! pic.twitter.com/IGsNkzclrE
With our two-week stay in London over already we’re not sure where the time has gone! We’ve had a great time at Riverside Studios, with two weeks of sell-out shows and the staff have all been so lovely and it’s been great bumping into the odd celebrity or two…
So many press publications came along to see the show during the run. You can check out the reviews of Chelsea Hotel we’ve had on our press page and the beautiful images that photographers have taken of the production are available here.
We’ve also been shooting a film version of Chelsea Hotel, which is currently being edited. The company made sure to celebrate in style after shooting was finished!
We’ve had some great London-based photographs added to our collection of location and window views we’ve been building to accompany the tour. Visit #chelseaviews on Twitter to see them all and to add your own to our growing collection.
Next we’re off to Salford next week, so there are still chances to catch Chelsea Hotel – you can check here for the remaining tour dates.
The Chelsea Hotel tour has taken us all over the UK; from Caernarfon to Canterbury, Lincoln to Newport. This week we had the chance to pop home briefly for two nights at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Before the show we caught up with some old friends and colleagues for a glass of wine to the sounds of a special Chelsea Hotel inspired performance from jazz singer/saxophonist Beverley Gough and band. Then we opened to a full house in the WMC’s Weston Gallery.
Post-show we spotted several people trying out the Chelsea Hotel Smartphone App and munching on the special hotel chocolates!
The Autumn tour of Chelsea Hotel brings educational workshops to dance groups across the country. Earthfall tutors break down elements of the choreography and rehearsal processes to teach aspiring and emerging dancers of all levels; from young people and beginners, to university students and dancers about to embark on their professional careers.
The workshops are designed to teach Earthfall’s methodology and convey a sense of the way in which the company work, as well as providing production-specific examples of the work featured in the current show. Participants are then able to see examples of what they have learned during the performance, allowing them to contextualise their experiences.
So far, the workshops have received a highly positive response from participants:
“It was a different and interesting experience – I really enjoyed it!”
“Really good experience and I enjoyed it a lot – the best thing was ‘Free Running’ because it needed lots of energy!”
“It was really interesting and I learned loads.”
“Thank you for giving the kids this opportunity…they really enjoyed themselves. We are thinking of incorporating some of the work they did into their end of term showcase. I’m sure that Chelsea Hotel will also be an inspiration.”
– Rhian Cadwaladr, Sbarc Co-ordinator
Augmented by the new digital study pack as an educational aid and resource, the company hope that the workshops will disseminate Earthfall’s professional ethic, choreography and ideas into the wider community and will inspire future generations of professional performers.
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