Read our question & answer session with Roseanna and Josh from Impermanence. To watch the exciting new performance that they are creating with our community cast aged 9-90, come along to our event Come, Dance with Me… on 14th September as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival.
What attracted you to get involved in the inter-generational Come, Dance with Me… project?
I loved the idea of bringing an Agatha Christie plot to life with an inter-generational cast … it feels fun and adventurous and who knows what interpretations might emerge with such a diverse group of people working together creatively. We’ve always been focused on collaboration so this feels like a great project to widen the fold and create something completely new.
How does this project align with your other performance work?
One of our shows, Da-Da-Darling, was based on a surrealist collage-novel by Max Ernst and led us into creating a world full of suspense, over the top facial expressions and velvet dresses. Since, our work has seemed to lean towards the dark and somewhat glamorous side of art… So when Sue got in touch about Agatha Christie it felt like a perfectly murderous connection.
Tell us about your connection to Devon and the South West…
In 2011, we had a residency at SPACE, Dartington, and invited all of our friends down to create new work. We were interested in finding non-hierarchical ways of making dance and ended up founding our company, Impermanence. For the first two years we lived in Totnes and worked across Devon doing community projects, teaching, and creating performance work. I think when you start something in a place, it holds a lot of very special memories, and whenever we get the chance to come back and work at Dartington, it feels like a home and a place where you can drop into the incredible lineage of those studios and focus on making art in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
What other projects are you working on?
We’ve just made a new show, Baal, based on Bertolt Brecht’s first play. We toured the piece to Indonesia this summer and will premiere the show in London in September, at The Place. We’ve also started making a new short film, BLAST, as part of the New Creatives commission scheme for young filmmakers working in the South West. It will be a cabaret collage of text, dance and graphic design reflecting on a bizarre and brilliant Vorticist manifesto from 1914.