We are well underway in the creative process of our newest work - Our Physical Intentions. The piece will be premiered as part of Resolution! festival at The Place, London on the 14th January 2015 - SAVE THE DATE!
Our Physical Intentions is a piece that delves into the way daily occurrences cause impact on our mental and physical state. The piece physically explores a chain-like process that can be broken down into three stages: Situation - Interpretation - Emotional/Physical Reaction (ABC). The way we interpret the world makes a huge difference to how we react. Our thoughts can create a magnified reflection of themselves in the form of an emotion, the thought feeds energy to the emotion, which in-turn energises the thought, and a vicious cycle builds up. By shifting our interpretation, we can subsequently alter our emotional/physical state. The piece brings together notions of the busy mind, thought and emotion control and our ability to reach a present state.
This is quite possibly our most mentally challenging piece to date, which is extremely exciting... and a little scary! We are delving into something rather complex that we don't currently have all the answers to. However, I recently read a rather wonderful book titled 'Making Your Life as an Artist' by Andrew Simonet. In this book, Andrew relates artists to scientists and says 'Just like scientists, we begin with a question, something we don’t know. We go into our studio and research that question.' I feel that our current state in the studio is exactly this, that we are researching and studying a mental concept that does not come with simple answers, but after exploration, openness and acceptance - I feel that we are getting closer and closer.
Our thoughts and their effect on us emotionally and physically is such a complex and detailed subject with so much to explore and research, and as much as we would love to, we couldn't possibly say it all within this work. Therefore, we are honing in our focus for the piece on specific elements of this process that we believe are important, and demonstrate what we want to say.
I am very much hoping that the work will not only be a piece of dance to watch and enjoy in the moment, but that it will have a great lasting impact on audiences and that it will trigger a response in you that you take away and use to positively impact your own life and the way in which you interpret everyday situations, be them big or small.
This being said, I am seeing the potential for growth with this piece, and the ways that we can develop it further beyond just a piece of dance... this potential really excites me! I will keep you posted on our progress.
You will soon be able to book tickets to see and experience Our Physical Intentions, keep your eyes peeled and visit http://www.theplace.org.uk for future information on how to book.
Anna-Lise Marie Hearn, Artistic Director & Choreographer