We’re Making a Band is a research project developed by Ben Brown and me. Joined by drummers Joy Mullen and Mili Hong and dancers Ashley Whitehead and Kevin Li, this research project works to transpose the physicality of the drummer into the choreographic. Our original proposition was about the idiomatic movements of drummers, specifically how the physical approach to the drum kit may (or may not) be defined by gender. As we began to work there was a shift away from the questions around gender and we rested up on the movements of the body in relation to the kit framed by specific manipulations of rhythmic phrases. Dancers and drummers are interchangeable, the question of sound is moot and the unconscious movements of the body take precedent.
Studio research open for public viewing:
Thursdays January 14, 21, 28, 2016: 11.30am-1pm
Thursday February 11, 2016: 11.30am-12.30pm
Supported by the BC Arts Council.