John Ross Dance begin their R&D Residency
| Mon 1 Feb 2016
As John Ross Dance begin their two week Creation Space R&D residency, we caught up with choreographer John Ross and his company to find out a bit more about what they'll be working on during their two weeks with us.
Can you tell us about John Ross Dance?
I initially set up the company in 2011 when I graduated as an umbrella where I could place my own creations under whilst still being a performer. I initially started out with just myself and made a solo work that ended up touring nationally. Eventually things started to grow and as did the people involved. In 2013 i won the Matthew Bourne choreographer award and I guess this was the proper launch of the company where I made a triple bill of my own works to be performed at the Hackney Empire. The company is project based and because of my theatre background I tend to cast my pieces depending on whatever subject I am researching at the time. I've continued to work with quite a lot of different wonderful artists and collaborators since. Currently at this precise moment for my latest production on the team is myself - Choreographer and project manager, dancers Miranda Mac Letten and Andras Fodor and have recently just started a new wonderful relationship with Claire Morton as my producer. Currently supporting myself also is my Agent Dan Usztan of United Agents, however this is more for my roles outside of the company.us.
How would you describe the work you create?
Engaging, humorous, dark, thought provoking, human. I'm not interested in if you can kick your leg to your head etc, yes having a solid technique is important to me but what I'm really interested is if you can move extremely well but make me actually feel something. I would say the type of work I create leaves an essence that you take away and think about. But then again, I would say this wouldn't I.
What will you be working on during your residency at arts depot?
This will be the second part to our Research/Creation of my new production BLINK - which is an interpretation of Mitch Alboms book The five people you meet in heaven. What we will do with our time at artsdepot is find a shape to the show and focus on the storyline of the characters. We are also introducing a puppet into the show so this will also be a good chance to play around in this space with that as well.
Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?
Focusing on characters relationships, physicality's of each person, looking at transitional phases of different times and then the puppet. We will also be focusing on the musicality as the piece is in collaboration with a wonderful composer called Greg Haines
What the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?
My brain? My laptop for sure! It has logic studio's on it which I am constantly on - I love editing music and since the composer isn't with us, I will edit timings of music and cues etc so I can then send on to Greg and then he can work his magic properly. I'm huge on music in my works so it's a must have!