HOW WE ARE
I’ve been performing since I was five; first in school theatre and then as part of physical theatre and happenings groups, including Gardzienice Theater - one of most important physical theatre groups in Poland. I graduated from the Academy of Theatre Practice, GARDZIENICE and the Warsaw Dance Department.
I'm interested in process. How to create movement and situations that are always alive no matter how distant their origin. How to program ourselves and our movements to always have the same real fire during performance. How to steer the process of creation to allow myself to be totally in moment. How do go inside myself, to take my experience and transform it into art; creating a stage character, which - although not me – comes from my real feelings. I seek the feeling of being alive and I look for ways to expand and enrich my life through art. That's the reason I love performing.
Now I'm based in London and constantly looking for opportunities to develop my movement and dance practice. I’m excited by all chances to explore new, un-expected situations and locations through improvisation and cross-art-form collaboration.
"Life is a movement": My Dad
It’s the unpredictable and ephemeral that excite me about improvisation. I don’t know what will happen when I start, I have to be completely focused on the sound, to follow what happens form moment to moment. Choices about what to do are made on the spot during performance rather than planned, programmed or rehearsed. I enjoy site-specific improvisation with found objects, often using material found on the day near the venue. I also keep a close watch on charity and junk shops for items I can employ.
My tools can include contact microphones, self built noise making circuits, effects units and “prepared” electric guitar - with things stuck between the strings and so on. I avoid lap-tops as they’re difficult to manipulate on the fly and present the barrier of the back of a screen to the audience. I also make frequent use of looping to record and layer sound, but in general I avoid having anything pre-recorded or prepared. I’m also very aware of the danger of self-indulgence and how seductive volume can be - so I work a full range of dynamics. I like my performances to either constantly evolve or to be episodic with clearly differentiated sections. I try to leave an audience intrigued and wanting more!
I enjoy collaboration - especially cross art-form: dance, theatre, moving image and spoken word. This serves to keep me form repeating myself or falling into the trap of doing what I know is safe and works. This sometimes includes audience involvement, for example asking them to choose objects used for improvisations and I like the way this can diffuse the barrier between performer and spectator. With dance and movement in particular a high degree of focus is needed, using a very different kind of concentration to that needed when working with other musicians and making me think with my eyes as well as my ears. More info: www.coschapman.com
FRANCESC SERRA VILA
I am a London based architect specialising in immersive installation, design for performance and interactive sculpture. My work is driven by an interest in the site specific and temporary, highlighting the uniqueness of the present and heightening audience’s sense of self.
My work, both solo and in collaboration with other artists (choreographers, theatre directors, light and sound designers), has been presented in cities such as London, Brussels, Barcelona, Cardiff and Taipei.
I have worked as a project draughtsman for some of the main opera houses in Europe, including ENO, La Monnaie and Gran Teatre del Liceu. While I am continuing with my current artistic projects, I’m also undertaking a MFA in Scenography at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
More info: http://www.fserravila.com/