Collective Endeavors

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Glasgow Art Club
September 20th, 2019


A new configuration of Collective Endeavors performed at the iconic Glasgow Art Club on 20th September to coincide with Glasgow Open Doors. This dance/music ensemble consisted of new dancers as their main dancer Aya Kobayashi has recently become a mum and was there to support her fellow collective members. So we were witness to Nerea Gurrugtxaga and Molly Danter who took us on a wordless journey where all sorts of themes and human emotions were enacted to a sold-out captivated audience.

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What a great venue for this throbbing, experimental and haunting experience. Nerea and Molly entered from different sides of the audience dancing solo, interacting together and making moves that held grace in their poise and impossible body flexibility. Both these performers look young but their experience in dance looks far more mature than their years.

Behind their youthful faces lies a plethora of knowledge, experience and control showing wisdom beyond their years. Gurrugtxaga from Basque country in Northern Spain was an artist in residence in Kinning Park Complex three years ago. Her isolation ( movement of one part of the body independently from the rest) is incredible to witness. Molly Danter (ShoreditchYouth Dance Company and London Contemporary Dance School) was phenomenal in her physicality and ability to envision the most complex forms with her body and make it look painless and ethereal.

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Full body extension dancing when linked with the barefoot guitarist Reid was a surprise. We saw the two join together in an intense embrace and the juxtaposition of the movement and melody became one. They entwined in a cross-disciplinary marriage that was fleeting yet mesmerizing. The dancers reconnected with each other as we entered the next chapter of the performance. The disjointedness was elegant and surreal. Also meditative like tai chi grounding us in the human experience, making us slow down and savour the moment. Giving in to the performance. A playful atmosphere changes dramatically as the violinist creates a thumping crescendo which in turn heightens the pace of the bass notes of Ried’s guitar. The dancers run, chase and jump on each other and through the crowd. Elea Inei abstractly plays alongside Reid’s experimental guitar. The pulsing rhythms of the extraordinary music pulls the viewer into a sense of comfortability only to be thrown into chaos mirroring life’s rich tapestry.

Clare Crines

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An Interview with Jascha Boyce

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Jascha Boyce & her divine collaborators are about to tour the whole planet… The Mumble caught up with her before that massive, rather acrobatic leap…


Hello Jascha, first things first, can you tell me what you got for Christmas?
French lessons, a collection of cookbooks and pink linen bed sheets.

Great – so where are you from & where are you at, geographically speaking?
I was born in Adelaide, South Australia and I am currently in my brand new house in Mitcham, South Australia but I am about to head off on tour to New Zealand, Sweden and Korea.

When did you first realise you were, well, circussy?
I started training circus, as an alternative to ballet or playing a sport, when I was only 4 years old at Cirkidz Circus School and I never left! I was offered a place in the performing troupe when I was 9 and was a coach at the circus school for close to 10 years before founding Gravity & Other Myths. So I guess I have always known!

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How did you get into the performance side & what are your fortes?
I have been performing circus since I was 9 years old! After graduating from school myself and 6 friends decided we wanted to keep training and performing together and that is when Gravity & Other Myths was born! Since then we have created four successful works and I have been touring full time for the past 6 years. I am a flyer in the company and I specialise in group acrobatics and hand to hand.

If your Ensemble acrobatic performance style was a soup, what would be the key ingredients?
Trust, connection and lots of sweat.

You’ve got three famous figures from history coming round for dinner. Who would they be & what would you cook; starters, mains & dessert?
They would be Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali and I would make an Italian feast featuring antipasto, homemade spaghetti puttanesca and tiramisu!

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Can you tell us about Gravity & Other Myths ?
Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is an internationally renowned circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. Formed in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, GOM has rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. GOM’s work utilises an honest approach to performance, to create shows with a focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.

What does Jascha Boyce like to do when she’s not being creative?
I love to cook, drink natural wine, go on adventures and play with my two dachshunds – Lilu and Dexter.

What is it about being performing in front of other people that makes you tick?
I think it is the thrill of being able to do what I love, with the people I love to provoke people all over the world to think more deeply while leaving them filled with joy!

What have you got for us this year?
This year will be the first year we have 3 different shows on the road at the same time! Wish us luck!

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You’re performing at this year’s Auckland Arts Festival this month; what will you be bringing to the table?
We are very excited to be bringing Backbone to Auckland Festival! Even though Australia and New Zealand are so close geographically, we hardly ever get the opportunity to tour there! We can’t wait! We are also bringing a little side project – Jelly or Jam – to the festival. Its a show for young people filled with acrobatics, real stories about making a friend and plenty of messy, squishy, jelly!

Since 2017 its received a great deal of critical acclaim – how does that make you feel?
This rollercoaster ride is still all very surreal. It is GOM’s 10th anniversary this year and we can’t believe it has gone so quickly but we have definitely squeezed in so much into the past few years. It is so humbling to be able to create a work that is received so incredibly well all over the world!

Where did the idea for Backbone originate, & is the reality fulfilling your original vision?
Backbone examines strength in all of it’s forms, physical, emotional, collective and individual. Strength is so inherent in what we do as acrobats, so naturally became an intriguing theme and idea to examine. The work is always evolving and developing but we feel it does fulfil our original vision of creating a work of scale that explores a deeper idea while still remaining accessible and honest.

You’ve got 20 seconds to sell the show to somebody in the streets of Aukland, what would you say?
Don’t miss the NZ premiere of the world renowned acrobatic work, Backbone! If you want to feel things, laugh out loud, and gasp involuntarily this show is for you! GOM welcomes their audience into a world of humanity, skill and honesty. The beast that is Backbone will not disappoint!

What will you be doing for the rest of 2019?
After Auckland we head on tour for the rest of the year… to Sweden, Korea, Edinburgh, Spain, Italy, Vanuatu, North America… just to name a few!


BACKBONE

Auckland Arts Festival

Mar 14-17. ASB Theatre

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www.gravityandothermyths.com.au