Creative Artists Residencies form part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) Aspire Programme, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to provide artistic support and professional development to emerging artists.
Singer songwriter Ange aims to create a musical snapshot in time. She will spend five days with musicians Lukas Drinkwater and Steve Pledger researching and developing new material based on stories from newspapers of the day.
The collaboration will include creating songs and song concepts based on headlines that resonate with the artists. The group will also use the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) to cross reference contemporary stories with historical ones that may already be reflected in folk song.
This project will bring together a new ensemble of musicians to research and record traditional material, focusing on songs from Kent, before a performance in Lucy’s hometown of Maidstone.
Lucy will use the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library to find and interpret songs from her native county before being joined by musicians on double bass, cello and drums from the world of free improvisation and jazz for a live recording.
This innovative residency will explore and develop the unique relationship between music and morris dance, specifically the gravity defying ‘slows’ that allow dancers to showcase their expertise.
Using traditional manuscripts from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, the musicians and dancers will create a performance that will seamlessly blend dance and music, allowing the performers to collaborate on a completely equal basis.
The ultimate aim is to develop a highly visual performance with original music reflecting the unique morris tradition but pushing the boundaries of the dance tradition with a compelling collaboration that defies gravity and convention.