This summer Leeds International Piano Competition is presenting Me & My Piano, an exciting art installation coming to the city of Leeds. Running from 22 August - 10 September 12 pianos will be placed around the city free for the public to play and engage with.
After weeks of discussing, planning, filming and refining, our film Introducing…Ability is finally complete. Creating a dance film was completely new to all the dancers and it was the first time Sophie and I had worked this way with a group together. Sophie said, 'It was a learning curve for all of us and a process we’d all like to repeat.'
Since November last year, the Learning Team have been delivering the START project to 21 schools from across the region, engaging children who don’t normally have access to the arts, with ballet and live theatre.
At the start of this week’s session we watched footage from last week and began to discuss a structure for the film. We thought of what might create an exciting beginning and what would keep our audience interested. I played the footage with and without music to make the participants think about how this changed the feeling of the footage.
In Ability this week, we explored movement in the Atrium. Sophie and the participants devised a sequence focussing on the use of their head, hands and arms. As a group we decided the sequence would look effective filmed from a high angle.
I decided to film the sequence from other angles so the participants had a choice for the final edit. We also discussed what they would like to hear in the soundtrack. We were inspired by jazz music and the sounds their hands made as they hit the table.