Four minute highlight of entire project
CONCEIVED, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY Stephan Koplowitz
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Lara Lloyd
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Hugh Nankivell
CHOREOGRAPHY BY Stephan Koplowitz
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TASKFORCE PERFORMERS
TASKFORCE COMPANY: Philine Janssens, Rosalind Noctor,
Ezekiel Oliveira, Megan Saunders, Caitlin Smith, Kylie Sudds,
Alexandria Yalji, Kevin Williamson
COSTUME DESIGN BY Rachel Weir
VIDEOGRAPHER: Gorav Kalyan
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR: Clair Beckett
Stephan Koplowitz: TASKFORCE (UK)
A SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE TOUR OF WATER RELATED SITES THROUGHOUT PLYMOUTH
The inspiration for creating TaskForce was to have the means to enter into a creative dialogue with a chosen area/community. TaskForce creates site-specific performances for several sites within a short period of time that actively engage a variety of artists and organizations derived from communities where the company performs. TaskForce aims to renew people’s perspective on their environment and enter into conversations about the creative process and public life.
The theme of water as a unifying thread came about through several conversations. Water has been an all important, pivotal element in the history and development of our major cities. As a precious resource, it has become increasingly important to recognize our use of water and how it shapes our lives and communities. The work created for the sites in the UK, at Dartington and throughout the city of Plymouth, are an amalgam of both site-specific choreography, site-adaptive movement material and structured improvisations all in response to the given site. The concept of Task Force is that it responds to several sites in relatively short amount of time, concentrates on process and finds as many connections among sites as possible.
"Water-inspired project for dancing in the streets"
"Landmark dance production"
DARTINGTON, THE TILTYARD Saturday 20 June, 2009: 3.30pm & 5.30pm
The Tiltyard was selected as a site not only for its connection to water (the yard was at one time a pond and is currently undergoing renovations of its irrigation system) but also to his historical connection to Rudolph Laban and his creative explorations with movement choirs.
GALLERY All photos by Kevin Clifford and Stephan Koplowitz
THE GREAT BARN at BUCKLAND ABBEY Sunday 21 June, 2009: 1.30pm & 3.30pm
TaskForce collaborates with interdisciplinary artist Dan Farberoff on this site-specific performance that highlights the architecture of the Great Barn,
home of Sir Francis Drake (notorious slave trader, explorer, and responsible for bringing fresh water to Plymouth).
Photo GALLERY - The Great Barn
CAMERA OBSCURA at Seymour House Tuesday 23 June, 2009: 1pm
Using a 360º view Camera Obscura situated in Seymour House in Devonport,TaskForce collaborates with local dance artists to create a multi-site performance event that takes place in different locations around Devonport and Plymouth but is experienced by the audience from inside the Camera.
Photo GALLERY- Camera Obscura
ARMADA WAY - Wednesday 24 June, 2009 : 1pm & 5pm
TaskForce creates a performance event that traces the water flowing down the centre of Armada Way, starting at the Copthorne Hotel and working down to the golden sundial.
Photo GALLERY - Armada Way
SMEATON'S TOWER - Thursday 25 June, 2009: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
As the audience gathers outside, TaskForce and visual artist Ella Huhne create a performance in and around the Tower to celebrate the design and location of this landmark building in its 250th anniversary year.
Photo GALLERY - Smeaton's Tower
MAYFLOWER STEPS -The Barbican - Friday 26 June, 2009 12pm (noon) & 1pm
TaskForce created a performance that took place all through the Plymouth landing site, with award winning guest paper-artist Helen Snell who was tasked with creating a set design of over 200 paper boats. The work celebrated the iconic international status of the Mayflower Steps.
Photo GALLERY - Mayflower Steps
TASKFORCE: REMIXED at The Barbican Theatre - Friday 26 June, 2009: 8pm
Live in-studio performance – jam and improvisational remix session – a unique opportunity to be introduced to the site-art creative process for Liquid Landscapes, including dance performance, video projection and musical score.
Photo GALLERY - TaskForce Remixed
TINSIDE LIDO - Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June, 2009 : 6pm
A promenade tour at Tinside Lido. The architecture, history and scale of the Lido created a special opportunity for TaskForce by providing a range of different perspectives from which to view the work, and to appreciate the design and architecture of this unique seaside pool.