Choreographic Explorations

In early 2021, EncoreEast responded to the constraints of social distancing and lockdown by exploring their own choreography. Starting on Zoom with mentoring by Mary Davies, the Company created four new works based on different ideas that developed in different ways. We were thrilled to present three live at The Hold. Turn Around by Sue Sinclair choreographs a four-part harmony song premiered as part of the Ipswich Arts Association celebration in 2020 by Ipswich Choral Society (ICS). Sue gained permission from ICS to choreograph this song by Tom Randle, conducted by Robin Walker, and given to ICS by Tom during lockdown. The recording used was compiled during lockdown. Who’s Viewing? by Andy Newman is inspired by the behaviours and thoughts of people in a gallery. The Hold was inspired by Suffolk Archives building – its architecture and the idea of an archive as holding treasured memories. Made by Jeanette Siddall, Pam Candler and Margaret Williamson, it was performed in The Hold in November 2021 when it included students from the BA (Hons) Dance course run by the University of Suffolk and DanceEast. Home by Lyn Matthews was inspired by what3words and a Mexican wave. It was filmed at Flatford Mill by Kira Mayes-Barwick, a BA(Hons) Dance student. The film became a response to a worldwide pandemic. Around the world people were shut into their homes; for some homes became a sanctuary. The film can be seen on our projects page.