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Sarah Blanc on her residency

| Fri 23 Feb 2018

Towards the end of her residency, Sarah took a moment to tell us a bit more about herself and reflect on her work on My Feminist Boner.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Irish and came to the UK to study nearly 13 years now (OMG, I am old) and haven’t gone back yet. I have two older sisters, one younger brother and nine nieces and nephews! I am a performer and choreographer. I make solo work on myself and group work on my all female company Moxie Brawl. I love pop music, Kristen Wiig, Emily Dickinson and always have a lipstick in my bag. I would consider myself political and am trying to do my bit in London for my Irish sisters at home campaigning to #Repealthe8th.

How would you describe the work that you create?

My work sits on the perimeter of theatre and dance and has been described as ‘dance meets stand up meets theatre’. I want to draw in an audience without alienating or terrifying them. I enjoy talking about real life events and issues through both my solo practice and my work with Moxie Brawl. I create work that connects with people, that people can experience and humanly engage with, by using theatrical performance and movement language. A sense of fun and humour are at the heart of my practice. I am passionate about creating work that can be performed in many different types and sizes of venues.

What are you working on during your residency at artsdepot?

I am working on my second solo work My Feminist Boner. I am trying to question my relationship to beauty and try to understand why I care so much. We know capitalism is rife but where did it all go wrong? I am the kind of punter that if you are a good salesperson, I can be sold anything! And as I get older I will do anything to stop ageing! But what does that say about this generation and why are we so scared to get older or look older? What does that say to older people... ya, so thats what I am working on/thinking about at the moment.

What elements of the project have you been developing while you’re here?

I began my time here in the creation space thinking I had my structure - all I need to do now is pull some sections apart and make them a bit more grittier etc etc. I was also very aware that it was beginning to look like my last solo, i.e. I would talk a bit, then I would do something….. then repeat for one hour. So I was wanting to play with the form a bit. However, I have had a couple of mentors in (Bryony Kimmings and Rebecca Crookshank) and well, the show has COMPLETELY CHANGED. More than I thought it would. Not completely, but the form of it has changed. I am basically now talking less and moving more.

There have been moments that I have felt like I am starting again but in general I have been using my time finding a new structure for the show within this new form and I hope I am going to leave the creation space with the new show on paper….. with a few of the sections having been hashed out a bit, but a new show nonetheless. In terms of content, I have also tried to get down to the nitty gritty about what the show is about and what I want to say.

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

MUSIC! If in doubt whack on a tune a dance about!

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