Choreographer: Zoë Leigh Gadd
Composer: Ashley Turner
Stage Manager: Alex Pearson
Costume & Set Designer: Jodie Parkhouse
Choreographed in collaboration with second year students from the University of Cumbria in 2011.
8ight explored methodical structural approach versus instinctive emotional approaches to choreography. The work was created as a personal challenge to explore an alternative approach to my signature choreographic process. Created in collaboration with Ashley Turner, for the University of Cumbria the piece explored how contrasting elements of Cage and Cunningham’s Method of Chance and Graham’s Agony/Ecstasy could co-join through my own and the company’s movement vocabulary.
8ight explored ‘found’ sound, movement, structural uncertainty and change-ability in an hour long production that changed order each evening depending on the audiences’ choices.
At the time the current level of personal research into voice was limited and a revised approach to the initial choreographic ideas through a more structured and focused methodology would allow for a more honest, effective and multi-faceted interdisciplinary work in a professional capacity, rather than a student based context.