OCCUPY was a series of workshops during several months focused on experimentation with various kinds of arts techniques and ways of working and thinking. Local young people from Islington have been working with 6 creative practitioners from 6 arts companies: All Change Arts, Cubitt Education, Apples and Snakes, Wayne McGregor, Random Dance, Islington Community Theatre, and LoveBuzz.
The arts companies were joined by 6 paid Young Creative Producers, who took central roles in the design, development and delivery of the programme and final events.
These photos show the first go taking dance moves to the floor, drawing them, picking them up and taking them around the building; bringing everything together through a stop frame animation. This is how one of the artists describes their work:
Warm up dance movements with Neil. Carl send us round collecting tiniest bits around the building that might tell something about the place. dust, Cake crumbs, mortar etc. Carl put them under the microscope and projected them straight onto screens and walls. We started drawing them, concentrating on mark making and texture, trying to keep the free spirit from the dance warm up. Neil then started to develop movements from the marks on his drawings and talked everybody through. Everybody repeating the movements Neil developed, then people started developing their own moves from their drawings. all the move were choreographed into one dance fragment. Carl then projected the drawings and microscopic images back onto the dancers while performing their dance as a group.
This time dance kicked of the rest of the evening development. Neil expanded on the dance moves developed in the last session and then encouraged everyone to develop a short solo.
The solo was then performed in front of a camera and life screened onto a large sheet of paper on the wall. At the same time people drew the life projection chasing the dancing figure over the screen. The whole dance-projection-drawing-performance was filmed by Carl and played back to the participants by the end of the evening.