MEMORY STACK (2007)

Memory Stack was commissioned by Welsh Independent Dance.  It was first performed at Chapter Arts Centre, in the Welsh capital, Cardiff on 26 September, 2007.

The work investigates fragmented digital data, disconnected from its original context, eroded through time and given new meaning through being reconstructed and tried out in a variety of new forms.  The work should feel playful, new memories build on fragments of lost memories.

This re-imagined version was developed under Covid-19 restrictions, the dancers scattered worldwide, the rehearsals and development taking place via the zoom platform.  The challenges have been various, not least the fact that the audio and visual components on the virtual platform do not align, making the unison sections in particular difficult to negotiate. The dancers have constantly needed to self-monitor the intention, direction and timing of the movement phrases, finding appropriate dynamic and flow.

Originally a stage work, this incarnation is set as a zoom call. 

Music: Nekropsi: Harf Devrimi; Baǧlama A.K. Müzik (2006)

Choreography & Editing: Chris Tudor

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Image Credits to Kiran West

Chris Tudor was a company dancer for many years, performing with London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Richard Alston Dance Company among others, touring extensively in the UK and abroad.  He has choreographed and directed movement for theatre and opera as well as presenting work for stage, television and film.  He has been honoured with several awards including Laurence Olivier Award and Royal Philharmonic Award for collaborative contributions to productions.  He has taught at many of the vocational dance schools in the UK; Royal Ballet School, London Contemporary Dance School, Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet School, and has been a company teacher for Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Phoenix Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales and Scottish Dance Theatre. He entered HE in 2016 after completing his Masters’ Degree with Distinction in Contemporary Dance.  He is currently Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Dance Practices and BA (Hons) Dance Performance at Middlesex University. 

Dancers: (Sashya) Puteri Aisya Marissa Binti Rusli, Emma Smith, Zasmina Popova, Zhe Qing Tan, Ash Davies

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