Monday, 3 July 2017

Here Comes Dramaturgy: Keira Martin @ Edfringe 2017

Keira Martin Company

Here Comes Trouble

22 Aug | 18.00 | £10.00 (£8.00) | 40 mins

24 – 27 Aug (Not Mondays)
18.00| £12.00 (£10.00)

40 mins

Dance Base (Venue 22)
14–16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
0131 225 5525 | | @dancebase

What you see is what you get! Hard hitting, emotive, honest, passionate art!
A rigorous personal investigation into womanhood and Keira Martin’s individual identity.

Here Comes Trouble is a rigorous personal investigation into womanhood and identity. Through a series of robust episodes drawing on social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, Keira rhythmically weaves together traditional music, authentic song and gutsy dance.

Here Comes Trouble
  • What was the inspiration for this performance?
The inspiration came from being a mother, my upbringing and my life experiences thus far, and the importance I felt for passing on my heritage and traditions to my son.
There are lots of questions that couldn’t be answered that inspired this work, alongside the need I felt to represent working class women.
  • Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?

    Yes, it’s one of the best places for it I think! The audience get to share a live experience and perhaps take a new point of view away with them.

  • How did you become interested in making performance?
I am from a family of musicians and dancers brought up and immersed in Irish culture and folk music, to be a performer was almost a way of life from a very young age. As kids we were always performing and creating dance. I had a group when I was 12 and we used to perform on the street at Folk festivals for digs and free tickets!!

The desire to create work and perform has always been there. I trained in Irish dance and then Contemporary and performed for many companies professionally, but I always knew I wanted to make my own work. I knew I wanted to combine the two dance genres together and fuse the old world and the new.
  • Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
Here Comes Trouble is autobiographical,
based on childhood memories, my upbringing and life experiences so I started with certain subject matters I wanted to explore. I then devised episodes that came from emotions, memories and experiences, which then got withered down and thread together.
  • Does the show fit with your usual productions?
Yes the thread through all of my work is combining real life experiences, original music and traditional dance fused with different art forms.
  • What do you hope that the audience will experience?
I hope that they will go on a journey with me and be able to relate to some of my experiences, hopefully evoking some childhood memories and feelings in themselves.
  • What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

I didn’t, as I want them to take from it what they will – it’s me on a plate – just being, just performing, and sharing a window in to my life, my heritage, my roots.

Best described as Irish dance deep in thought, she shares hard hitting and heart-warming chapters of her life to courageously address stereotypes and challenge labels. Witness her build bridges and burn them again, each time revealing a deeper layer of herself and her heritage. This feisty yet vulnerable performance is entertaining and demonstrates the power and elegance of women in a very real and honest way.

Choreographed by Keira Martin, the show is directed by Charlotte Vincent, designed by Ryan Laight and originally composed be Jamie Roberts.
Here Comes Trouble has been made possible with funding from Arts council England and supported by Spin Arts Management, Vincent Dance Theatre, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance and The Civic Barnsley.

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