ArtsCross London, potential indeed #RepriseWednesday
After working far too long on Sunday (until 3am – Yes! 3 in the morning) I only just managed to get up in time for a photocall at The Place, where I witnessed start of ArtsCross London 2013, an intercultural creative arts project between China, Taiwan and the UK. 30 dancers and nine choreographers from Beijing, Taipei and London are working together to create three new works that will premier at The Place on August 10th.
Project leaders Chris Bannerman from ResCen Research Centre at Middlesex University, Martin Welton from the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London and Ping Heng from Taipei National University of Arts were there to be photographed with a whole host of wonderful dancers and I took the opportunity to interview as many people as possible for my book (and talked about Dance Photographer of the Year as well).
I didn’t manage to interview Chris Bannerman or Martin Welton (when I studied astrophysics at Queen Mary there was no Department of Drama and no social scientists at all) who I want to feature in my book, but spent a fascinating 20 minutes with Lei Guo, Vice President and Professor from the Beijing Dance Academy. His fascinating interview for the book stimulated other ideas that I’ve pitched and am waiting to see if the editors are interested.
I really hope to get the opportunity to see – and hopefully shoot – what is produced. It’s an exciting creative adventure and it would be so frustrating to cover only the first half of the story.