Groundwork have commissioned a number of artists to curate online work through our ACW Resilience funding as a way of supporting artists to continue to develop and share their practice whilst theatres are still closed.
Anushiye and Jo began their conversations through Groundwork’s Creative Care fund and Anushiye’s Groundwork commission became Part One of Marathon of Intimacies, performed and created by Anushiye Yarnell and Jo Fong. A commission which has additionally received support through Surf The Wave’s ‘Waving Goodbye’ Artists Commissions.
Marathon of Intimacies
An ongoing series of choreographies in conversation.
Dancing- often alone in a studio or elsewhere sometimes seems a refuge, an escape from life.
Yet is also a way to become wholly cellular, including the real as well as the imaginary.
Perceptual actions germinate in a bed of thoughts and feelings foraged from life.
When I imagine dancing talking with someone else.
I wonder how “otherness” can become one another, each other.
A touch which includes resonance and dissonance.
This is how I imagined a series of dances entitled Marathon of Intimacies: a habitat of “otherness” and one another-ness: of the recognition which comes with being stranger
Marathon is a word associated with endurance and winning
Intimacy is overused in describing performance
These two words marathon and intimacy don’t fit together
All the intimacies that have been part of our lives, could they be with us while we’re dancing?
Click here for Marathon of Intimacies Part One: Created and performed by Anushiye Yarnell and Jo Fong
Jo “For me, this film with Anushiye emerged from our walking in parks and talking about race. White rooms, family, shame, power, being heard, justice, presence… in these last months I’ve been searching, looking everywhere around every corner for how my nearly 50-year-old body can be a part of the conversation. In 2020, I’ve been practicing saying the truth and with Anushiye I felt I was able to learn to speak the truth.
The strategy at the moment is small, safe, hyper-local and with purpose.
And the question I’m holding closely is, “What is unburdened arts practice for women of colour?”
Anushiye “Getting what you need… it’s not necessarily what you think you need.
There is a kind of recognition, arriving at the beginning again, which involves not knowing.
I’m interested in being in the margins- the margins within myself and in life.
This is something that I’m sharing and treasuring with Jo
Our margins meet as a gentle micro riptide. Going out coming in.
We are both getting what we want from it.
Resonance and difference.
The complexity, sensuality and movements of consent.
Non destinational care without compromise – a kind of survival.”
Created and performed by Anushiye Yarnell and Jo Fong
Filmmaker and photography by Lara Ward
Thanks to Surf the Wave, Chapter Arts Centre, Penpynfarch, Arts Council of Wales and Groundwork Pro .
About the artists:
Anushiye is an interdisciplinary dance maker and performer whose work is drawn from personal experience, past and future mythologies. Her works examine the intersection of dream and fantasy realms with ordinary life, seeking out connections between day-to-day experiences of the world and anthropological, philosophical, poetic and artistic frameworks.
“Dance is a way of treasuring that which is at once beautiful and difficult about life. For me dance is embedded within the ephemeral, fallible, sensory, cellular and temporal.”
Through this terrain, each performance navigates its way towards a transformative destination. I dance through an assemblage of scores occupying the questions I have about life- including death, humanity, love, the animal and the divine. Though personal experience is the source for these performances, they seek out the universal, the mutual, and the possibility for an imaginative experience, unique to each person within the audience. I strive to recreate each piece individually for each specific space responding to the framing of each moment, how it colludes with my life at that time and the intimate relational space into which I invite the audience.
In recent years my dance has been mobilised intimately in relativity and intersectionality to motherhood & childhood- utilising questions generated by female aspects and dimensions of Evolution as navigational tools for dance. I see my performance as a habitat to dissemble segregative forces in society and civilisation which play out in gender, class, race and age.
I seek to initiate collaborations based on exchangeable sovereignties- to be a force of anti segregation which does not compromise the distinct and vivifying voices of difference which resound within perceptual and experiential realms.”
My curiosity about the nature of Love as an orbital axis of Humanity has led me to curate as well as make work for three international performance Platforms- Animal Love, Heavenly Love and Future of Love Projects, bringing together artists from Japan, Peru, Korea and the UK to to respond to the framing of Love as a question of human identity and self-understanding.
Jo is an award-winning, middle-aged, provincial, international artist.
In a 30-year commitment to dance and performance she has collaborated with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas, Rambert Dance Company, National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre (London), Battersea Arts Centre, National Dance Company Wales, Quarantine and more.
Jo’s independent practice puts difference and ideas around belonging or forming community at the heart of events. Cultivated through face-to-face contact, Jo brings people together, it’s about connection and how we communicate or live together. In this digital weariness, Jo is researching ways to preserve intimacy without proximity.
Touring productions include An Invitation…, Neither Here Nor There created and performed with artist Sonia Hughes, The Rest of Our Lives with circus artist George Orange and Ways of Being Together, a mass collaborative project most recently presented at Chinese Arts Now Festival 2020, Shoreditch Town Hall. Jo is a Peilot Associate Artist with Chapter, Associate Artist with Chinese Arts Now and Research Associate with SE Dance. She has presented performances at British Dance Edition and British Council Edinburgh Showcase.