Inside the studio: Week Ten Layers of Skin
Week 10 was the first week shared with the local Antwerp professional dancers. 8 new people in the studio to share existing movement vocabulary with and create new sections to incorporate into the whole. A whole new challenge, but one that has been worth doing. 8 professional dancers alongside Retina’s 6, makes the stage quite an impressive place, seeing them all in the throws of Retina’s twists, turns, flying squirrels and lifts is quite an exhilarating sight.
A few comments from the Antwerp professionals:
Fenne says: It has been great to throw myself into Retina’s work. The physicality of it is new to me, and after teaching for a while it is very refreshing to have to think about movement again and try to make it my own. Working with Filip and the 6 dancers is relaxed and fun. It has been really hard work, but that’s exactly what I was looking for!
Judith says: I was quite curious about this new production of Retina Dance, so it was nice to get the chance to be involved. I like the physicality and the challenge it brings and the music is very inspiring. I cannot wait to feel what it will be like when the musicians are in the same space, playing live. It also gave me the opportunity to get to know the dancers of Retina a little better, as well as the other dancers from Antwerp. It is a very fun bunch of people. It really is great fun!!!
Dafne says: Working with Retina is a training of the body and mind. In the first week the focus was especially on the mind, trying to memorise all of these extraordinary movements. Was it in a 5, 6 or 7? Where is this leg, where is my focus…. where is my mind? Hopefully next week the movement will become a part of my body and we can enjoy to dance even more. But most of all, working with Retina makes me so happy in the informal, joyful atmosphere, its really nice working with a group that is as passionate as yourself with dance. What more can a person want……
Week 10 with Retina and week 1 with the local professionals. Next weeks blog will share the inside story of week 11 of Retina, week 2 of local professionals and week 1 with the local community dancers. Its been a fantastic journey so far, and now just a few days away from the premiere….