The Work Room and Imaginate are collaborating in 2017 to support a choreographer to explore work for young audiences and undertake a period of practical researchtowards a new piece of work and Julia McGhee who was awadred the residency earlier thsi year.
In Julia's project Interactive Experiments she is collaborating with a play-scheme for learning disabled children and young people in Easter Ross, along with musician Quee MacArthur and film-maker Robbie Synge. Together they are researching and developing ideas towards making a new interactive performance. The essence of the project is play and experimentation, often involving props and musical instruments that help open doors to interactions between the group and initiate communciation that is not necessarily based on language but on movement, eye contact, sensitivity to the sounds and music we make - the essentials of being together.
During their Imaginate residency at the Workroom, Julia, Robbie and Quee will work on developing the structure of the performance, gathering and reflecting on video and recorded music that have been produced in their workshops with their young collaborators. An aim for the week is to pull together a short promo film for the project in order to support its next phase of development and share with the wider world. A number of other artists will be visiting the studio during the week to participate in and reflect on the process so far, with the aim of establishing a first draft - or perhaps drafts - of the ‘Interactive Experiments’ performance.