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Talking Moves Episode Three: Pivoting Work Online

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In this episode we talk to Sarah Blanc and Mathieu Geffré about the way they approached the task, back in April, of pivoting their touring plans online.

They discuss their immediate feelings of desperation and the subsequent "battle to find a new way and new solutions" within new conditions. They talk about the nuts and bolts of involving a community cast during lockdown: building trust and connections through Whatsapp and Zoom. We discuss the choice of title for Mathieu’s lockdown film: The Ceremony, and Sarah’s approach to working remotely with an intergenerational cast using poetry. And we speak of ever-present frustrations of technology, intellectual rights and the challenges of keeping communities comfortable within a digital world.

Sarah and Mathieu bring the conversation to a close as they consider how they now place value on their work and the need they still have to "feel like we are surviving as artists".

Prior to listening to the podcast you may enjoy watching Sarah and Mathieu’s Up My Street Online films – a Greenwich Dance project conceived (pre-Covid) to be a cabaret tour to community centres.

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Recording date: 4 August 2020

Talking Moves is a Greenwich Dance production
Presented by Melanie Precious
Production by Carmel Smith, Lucy White and Melanie Precious

Sarah Blanc

Performer, choreographer, comedian and presenter.

Sarah Blanc creates solo work on herself and is also Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl - a
fresh all-female inclusive dance theatre company. She is also one third of AnnieVickySarah.

Her choreographic work has toured extensively and been seen on artists and companies such as Complicite, Bryony Kimmings and Little Red Kettle. As a presenter, Sarah co-founded Inside Dance TV and was the main presenter for Art Streaming TV from 2013-2017. She also hosts regularly for live events, including Southbank Centre (Imagine,  Unlimited), Wilderness Festival, Move It and was the Up My Street: Online host during summer 2020.

She has recently begun a youtube channel called THE SARAH BLANC (go and subscribe). She is an Evolve Artist at Oxford Playhouse for 2020/21 and a Choreodrome 2020 artist who are both supporting the research for a new solo dance comedy show called Council Estate Princess.

Mathieu Geffré

Artistic Director of Rendez-Vous dance, choreographer and teacher

Since graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006, Mathieu Geffré has performed throughout the UK and Europe with companies such as National Dance Company Wales and Dansgroep Amsterdam.  He collaborated with many leading choreographers including Itzik Galili, Angelin Preljocaj and Didy Veldman among others.

Mathieu is an award-winning choreographer who has been commissioned to make works for National Dance Company Wales, Boston Dance Theatre, Nationaltheatre Mannheim, Rambert School and Phoenix Dance theatre Associates among other companies. In 2019 he launched his company: Rendez-Vous dance. dance

Mathieu's headshot: Nicole Guarino