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Audio Dancing #2 : Epping Forest

Audio Dancing - Epping Forest. Owen Smith, Gaby Agis, Vicky Thompson, Aoife P. Knight. Image : Derek Linzey

Audio Dancing is a series of audio scores composed by dance artist Gaby Agis and recorded in green spaces in London.

Epping Forest (30mins)
Chingford, East London, 27 May 2022

Gaby Agis accompanied by Owen Smith, dancer and educator specializing in non-verbal neurodiverse children and Vicky Thompson, dancer, movement therapist specializing in children with complex needs. This audio score was recorded in an ancient grove of trees in Epping Forest. The session starts from standing and gently leads to a widening and lengthening of the body, giving rise to expanding and tipping out into space. There is then a period spent on the ground exploring a dance of floating limbs. This is followed by an invitation into an unfurling and unfolding dance, echoing the fern fronds in the forest. There is then an invitation for participants to continue with moving, writing, drawing and exploring their creative practice.

Interview between Gaby Agis and Owen Smith and Vicky Thompson (30mins)
Owen and Vicky reflect on their experiences with the score. Owen has a long history with Epping Forest—he speaks about the time he has spent there, alone and with his students. Both Vicky and Owen talk extensively about their use of somatic practice in their work with neuro-diverse children and those with complex needs.

Audio Dancing is an Independent Dance commission produced by Gaby Agis in partnership with Independent Dance and supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.