Beautiful Berry Head to stage new and exceptional live dance
In this fourth insider video feature on Eyeview (extra)ordinary - 10 days of events, performances and activities in June - we speak to Richard Chappell, the internationally renowned Choreographer and Dancer from Torbay, who is working with three exceptional Singaporean dancers and a large community cast from Torbay to present ‘Silence Between Waves’ on Sunday 9 June at the spectacular setting of Berry Head. This is an unmissable performance and is free to go watch!
"The real thing that draws me back to this place and makes me feel happy about living here now is my access to the sea, my access to really beautiful quiet places, which is fundamentally what we're trying to explore with this work.
I'm a very content driven choreographer, so I like to make material and I like to movement, and then I look for an emotional arch and story to that work over the top of that.
So, the movement language I play with takes influences from classical ballet, it takes influences from contemporary dance and improvisation... and has its' own signature and aesthetic, which is more my habitual way of moving and the way that my dancers meet, I take as much information from them as they take from me, so it's a very collaborative process. It's a very full bodied, physically driven (dance) vocabulary.
A highlight of my career and practise so far, has really been kind of from the artists I work with. It has been the same with the collaborators I work with as well, from Composers like Samuel Hall to Dramaturg Neus Gil Cortes.
I have a really fantastic group of dancers, that I feel very emotionally and artistically connected to. We've grown together which has made certain creations a real highlight. One of them was 'At the end, we begin' which was at Studio Wayne McGregor in the Olympic Park, which went on for about 40 shows across the UK in the last few years. And the other one is our most recent creation 'Still Touch', which was commissioned by Royal Opera House for Open Up Festival in 2018. It tends to be creations that I've made with that ensemble which really I see as highlights.
I think Eyeview's programme and their principals are how I want to work as an artist. I'm making a work called 'Silence Between Waves' which will be a collaboration between myself and three really exceptional Singaporean dancers, who I've worked with in my throughout South East Asia as a Choreographer, and I'm really fascinated in matching their skills with a large community cast in Torbay.
Our real drive about this is that we want to engage with a large cast who have any experience of dance in their bodies. Maybe they haven't before, maybe they have, but if you can move, we want you here. I really want this work to kind of link the feeling of being far away and bing at home, and what connects us with our relationship to the sea.
The work itself is going to really drive off the idea of quietness and striving for a sense of peace and security on the coastline. I'm really excited during my process to be returning to collaborate with Composer, Samuel Hall, who will be making a soundscape for the work, which will be lots of different local people's voices and our hope is that we get them to experience being on the Bay and describing what they hear and using that as a real driving force in the piece's score, so people really hear their own words used in the piece and their own sense of being local.
What I really want is for the presence of the Singaporean dancers to match with those local voices to show a real sense of internationalism, where there's celebrating our sense of local beauty as well. I really want people to be intrigued and excited by this kind of work happening in Torbay and this kind of work happening in this very special place (Berry Head) to lot of people. And then I really want the experience to be kind of sold by their journey onto the space that we're performing, I really want them to walk and see the beautiful surrounding landscape before watching some really exceptional live dance."
- Richard Chappell, Choreographer and Dancer
Silence Between Waves | Richard Chappell Dance is part of the 10-day Eyeview (extra)ordinary programme from the 7-16 June 2019. Free to visit. Everyone welcome. The Silence Between Waves dance performance will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:30 PM 4:30 PM at the Napoleonic Fort, Berry Head National Nature Reserve Brixham TQ5 9AP. No booking required. Performances are free. Bring your friends and family, the more the merrier! More info: https://eye-view.org.uk/extraordinary-events-listings/silence-between-waves