Amongst Ian’s many anxieties is the sneaking suspicion that his face is never quite doing what it should be when he’s being photographed. He has self-confessed loves of both the floor and of being upside down. Having reached 32 and managed to maintain a career in dance he’s currently taking some time to reassess what he wants to do with his body before bits of it start to refuse to work – and while he figures it out he’s happy to indulge himself in the thing that he secretly suspects he’s going to be doing for the rest of his life.
Tetrad is an artist collective, who put on Us & Them, every so often at Attenborough Arts in Leicester, and I am lucky enough to photograph it. Us & Them can include performance art, dance, live art, spoken word, and a few other things. There is also a Tetralude, where the collective & performers improvise on a theme.
Sophie Swoffer recently graduated a MA degree in Performance Practices, and is now an associate artist with De Montfort University in Leicester. She’s taking her last piece, ‘Take The Shot!’ to a conference in Rome, and is looking at a new piece on monstrous women in horror films.
I sometimes think that this project should be sponsored by Poundland…
Yu He Lin & Mauro Sacchi were studying at De Montfort University, Leicester when I managed to photograph them. I had seen them dance in a piece created by Yu He Lin, which was part improvised, but fluidly part of the piece. I knew I had to photograph them, seeing the way they both synchronised their creative movement, with playfulness and emotion.
They have both returned home now to Taiwan and Italy. There was something special happening while they were in the UK, and I’m privileged to attempt to capture it.
Danni Spooner is a vegan, a feminist, a human who is currently indulging itself in the practice of movement. A gender fluid form who hates relying on politically correct terms. A plant obsessor and object empathiser. A human being who’s attention could only be satisfied by dance.
Amy Nicholson is a puppeteer, musician and set designer for film and theatre. She also creates wonderful kids interactive theatre with Handmade Theatre.
I don’t usually write about the subjects that we are trying to convey in PoPA, but this one was a bit different. Amy wanted to try some surrealist poetry, and use that to give us the themes for the day. So we sat in Lee Rosy’s, drinking unusual teas, with odd names, and created weird poetry.
One of the phrases that came up was ‘ping pong ball’. That gave us our location for the day, as Das Kino, with it’s ping pong tables, seemed to be an obvious choice, and they kindly let us photograph the whole shoot there.
Jack Britton is a member of the arts collective Tetrad. As as a creator, he works on subjects as diverse as parkour and the paranormal, using the equally diverse mediums of dance and comedy, live art and devised theatre..
After the customary café discussion, we seemed to walk most of Leicester, experimenting with ideas, before settling in Peter Pizzeria, which proved an inspiring environment for our photos.
Nicky Daniels comes from a theatre background, but decided to move from playing fictional characters, to expressing herself, so got herself a First Class BA Hons in Drama Studies from DMU, Leicester. She’s now pursuing an MA Arts, again at DMU.
I’ve photographed Nicky before, doing her piece ‘Nicky Daniels – Violet Persephone Marina and Me’, so knew that her visual approach would fit People of Performance Art. Although Nicky does live art, and I’m still learning the difference.