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Rhiannon Faith discusses her R&D residency

| Thu 2 Nov 2017

Ahead of her residency, Tue 31 Oct - Fri 10 Nov, we have a few questions for Rhiannon.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am delighted to be at artsdepot for a creative residency. My name is Rhiannon Faith and I am a socially conscious artist whose work is an agent for discourse and change; I make form-defying autobiographical shows that have guts, and that take guts. I like making art, being silly, hanging out with my mates, First Dates and my husband Merlyn.

How would you describe the work you create?

I am interested in how art changes lives. My work often involves a wide range of collaborating partners, including a psychologist, a neuroscientist, a domestic abuse charity, and most recently for the creation of this new work, a philosopher specialising in virtue ethics and moral psychology, who I will be visiting at the end of the residency. I am interested in how we tell stories, how we can be vulnerable and authentic, how art can express the human experience and connect to audiences' life experiences, how our feelings impact the way we move.
My movement vocabulary is developed through autobiographical physical verbatim techniques and research. I also write poems, jokes, what ever serves the work. My approach is interdisciplinary and I usually make material in collaboration with my dancers. Although on this occasion, I am flying solo, finally plucked up the courage to make a solo show, and yes, I'm already bored of my own company.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

'the 'I Don't F***ing Care Bear' my first solo show. I guess I'll be working on my own confidence to make a one woman show. I'll be doing lots of research about care, care ethics, love, frameworks of moral value, Good/Bad, A Care Bear Stare, not being preachy! I'll have to watch lots of episodes of the Care Bears...  Amongst this I will try and figure out if an audience really wants to see this sort of work, and make sure there is a really important reason for making it.

What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

I'm at the very beginning. I'm starting to think about the question I really want to focus on, as I usually spend a year making a show, so these are big decisions. Especially as I make work in response to what is happening in our environment, and that is in a constant state of change. I find myself having to pull back from making practical sections, so I do not rush the research.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

My laptop for video inspiration, I'm really into IAI Player which have lots of philosophical debates about how to change the world. A big flip chart and markers to get ideas up on the wall, my pink notebooks for the ideas that I have outside of the studio, and lots of different music. I've been listening to a lot of Elvis at the moment.

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