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Audio Dancing #9 : Peckham Rye

Audio Dancing - Peckham Rye. Aoife P Knight, Gaby Agis, Kathy Crick. Photo Derek Linzey

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

Peckham Rye, The Community Wildlife Garden (35 mins)
Peckham, 1 July 2022
Accompanied by Kathy Crick, a London-based dancer and teacher specialising improvisation in higher education.

This audio score was recorded on a warm sunny day in a community garden with an array of garden beds, a small pond and an open grassy space. The score begins from sitting with an invitation to expand the ribs with a focus on the breath deepening. As we gradually come to standing, the valley spaces at the hip and armpits are encouraged to open and deepen, leading into a dance of the limbs opening into space. We then move into a twisting, entangling, spiralling dance inspired by a mature olive tree. The sound of babbling water from the pond inspires a tracing of our tissues, which leads us back into the floor to be with the breath.

Participants are then invited to continue moving, writing, drawing and exploring their creative practice.

Interview between Gaby Agis and Kathy Crick (20 mins)
Peckham Rye is Kathy’s local green space; she reflects on how it has supported her during the pandemic. We discuss how the pandemic has changed the experience of training for younger dancers in improvisation and somatic practices. We also talk about facilitating indoor and outdoor access needs in dance.