Interpretari bought together Anna Tabbush (Composer/Musician) and Jo Read (Choreographer/Dancer). They explored the relationship between live music and dance on stage. In this research project the conventional roles of musician and dancer were switched; instead of the dancer creating the dance to a set piece of music – the music was created as a result of the dance, and was directed by the dancer in the live performance.
The artists started by watching filmed footage of Anna conducting a choir rehearsal, deconstructing each element to create a movement language that both could read. Jo constructed movement sequences, which Anna then read like a score to compose the music. Interpretari was a culmination of Anna and Jo challenging their experiences of working with the others discipline.
How the project came about, a word from Rachel Palmer – The Dance Movement
Composer Anna Tabbush contacted me in regards to a new music and dance collaboration. Having been brought up playing live music for traditional English dance forms Anna was struck by the large volume of choreographers who currently work to recorded music. Not only does she feel that this is creatively limiting but Anna also highlighted concerns about the future employment of live musicians.
As Anna began to talk about her idea I immediately knew my fellow choreographer/dancer Jo Read was the right person to work on this project. Jo is undertaking her PhD, which investigates choreomusical relationships on stage. As part of her research, Jo previously created a solo based on a conductor and was selected under the mentorship of Jonzi-D and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon as part of Breakin’ Convention’s Open Art Surgery, where she investigated the relationship between dancer and live DJ.
“I am really excited about the collaboration of Anna and Jo, the work poses some interesting questions around the relationship between dancer and musician.”
Anna Tabbush grew up in a large musical family. Her mother, a Northumbrian folk singer and father, Northumbrian pipes player and English ceilidh musician had her playing professionally by the age of 15.
During her time studying for a degree in Music & Technology at Kingston University she studied the traditional music of Java, India, Cuba, Africa and Brazil, as well as the British Isles.
Anna’s composition style draws on her roots in traditional English music, particularly the forms of folk dance music, as well as her interest in traditional music of the world.
Jo Read, like Anna grew up in a household firmly rooted in music and dance. She was supported to develop skills as a pianist and percussionist, playing four-mallet marimba, and also as a dancer.
Jo has perused a career as a dancer, choreographer and researcher in the dance field, with music intrinsically linked within her work. She holds a BA (hons) in Dance and Culture (1st Class) and an MA (dist) in Dance Cultures Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey. Jo is currently carrying out PhD research based on relationships between dance and music on stage at De Montfort University funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Jo trains in street dance forms including popping and house, as well as regularly performing her own work and others. She currently works as a Lecturer in Dance part-time at Kingston University teaching across a range of theoretical and practical modules.
Interpretari was performed at Glive on Wednesday 7th May 2014. The artists are available for performances and workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Originally written and posted October 17, 2014