Artist’s Diary – NON-APPLICABLE DANCE COLLECTIVE

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ENTRY #4 – Thursday 20 December 2012

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So today we bumped heads again with Franko which turned out not as eventful as our last meeting but equally as productive.
Non Applicable Dance Collective Non Applicable Dance Collective Sexy dance Franko B
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We ran the piece with all new changes and ideas. Feedback ensued for the next couple hours. Furiously writing notes and small tweaks with the occasional deviation about artists we were mutually interested in and impressed by. With someone like Franko, it’s almost impossible to not get distracted by his stories, ideas and experiences, which is something that has added more than just advice as a mentor.
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Franko B Sexy dance The third 'S'  How to bag a hottie
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At the end of the day (and the week) the gang (Chris, Sheena, Franko) watched us perform the piece and yet more feedback was given but this time with a notion of satisfied closure. The performance is more or less ready to go. Our time with lovely Chris and Sheena was drawing to a scary close as well the Italian’s last visit. However thankfully and fortunately there may be more from Franko as he has asked us to perform on one of his nights at The Flying Dutchman in in January. (There is a God).
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Stay tuned and stay supportive.
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Love the Non applicables.
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ENTRY #3 – Wednesday 19 December 2012
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Defining ourselves as performance artists started to feel like a silky,
dark sensation…
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Today started by collecting and reflecting our thoughts on Franko’s visit. We discussed his thoughts, ideas, what we agreed on and identified all the changes we were going to make for the piece. Franko’s mantra ‘do more, get disgusting, be filthier’ rattled around in the mind until we finally decided how to develop it.
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We dived head first into researching artists suggested by Franko. Penny arcade, Bobby Baker and Mouse were to name a few and informed us on how to perform with food, sexual connotation and expression. Defining ourselves as performance artists started to feel like a silky, dark sensation that we were more than willing to embrace and equally take the piss out of.
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After lunch we ran and ran and ran the piece with the vital input and feedback from Chris and Sheena. The changes were made, new scripts were being written and the camaraderie between us was at an all time high. Now we have to remember it all for Franko tomorrow.
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All for now.
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NADC x
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ENTRY #2 – Tuesday 18 December 2012

If we were performance art virgins, then after Franko was through with us we were most definitely performance art sluts.

As we were setting up the space for a run through (glancing to each other intermittently and saying – ‘Franko’s coming today’ in excited whispers), we placed props, costumes and food, as well as running lines.

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Lo and behold, in walks Chris, Sheena and a tattooed Italian who’s first request was a double espresso (naturally). The buzz of the DRUNKEN NIGHTS development week had not ceased – very swiftly and slightly nervously we began a run of the full piece for Franko to watch.
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Fenella Ryan The 3 S's... Franko and Fen Franko B
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Feedback started straight away and for two hours we scribbled, scratched our brains, laughed and conversed heavily about the piece and its nature. We agreed that a number of  visual aesthetics needed to be altered. How far could we push the use of food? ‘Get nasty, get disgusting’ was one of the notions we settled on. Experimental artists to research were being thrown at us left right and centre and we argued how much more audience engagement and participation we could do. If we were performance art virgins, then after Franko was through with us we were most definitely performance art sluts.
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Lunch mostly consisted of Sian and Fenella holding our brains and letting the information settle in slowly, so instead of being overwhelmed we decided to take the afternoon slowly and try a couple of things out.
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We had a stop and start run through of the piece and looked at all the points that needed attention, development, slowing down or adding to. Franko finished by chatting about his own performance ethos and attitude, his own experiences in performing in clubs, pubs, sex dungeons and Galleries, which informed us about what to expect when placing ourselves as artists in unusual spaces and amongst unusual people. To broaden our horizons and shatter any inhibitions or general naivety, he took us down to a two story sex dungeon shop to show us a world that we didn’t know much about. Let me tell you, our horizons are very much broadened.
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Yours truly,
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The Non-Applicables
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ENTRY #1 – Monday 17 December 2012
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…we have never had any constructive feedback from other professionals about our work before.

Non Applicable Dance CollectiveToday was our first rehearsal as part of the development stage for Drunken Nights. We are extremely pleased and excited to be a part of the second stage of the project. We have never had the chance to develop a piece of work in this way before, so we were really keen and eager to get going and get DEVELOPING!

Making notes...The morning started, not with us boozing as the title may suggest, but with us settling into our new home for the week at Rich Mix and a meeting with the lovely Chris. This was an insightful discussion for us as we have never had any constructive feedback from other professionals about our work before – or even just ideas of what people take from the ‘Guide to the Perfect Night Out’ piece. We should probably take the time to mention here that this is the first performance piece that we have created in which there is a minuscule amount of choreographed movement. In fact we don’t think there are any – well unless you count the ‘sexy dance’ of course! We come from a dance background so this has been a completely new, weird and different (in a good way) journey into making and developing this kind of work. You could say performance and live art has taken our virginity and we quite like it. But we definitely need the support of professionals to help develop different areas, which is what were hoping the DRUNKEN NIGHTS team can help us with.

Fenella RyanWe also had a natter about the matching process with our mentor, which is the legendary FRANKO B by the way, and why this is interesting in terms of bringing a new perspective to the piece. Franko comes from a darker side of town if you like, and deals with subjects like mortality – which seems a far cry from our binge-drinking woes. But we are open and ready to add a bit of the dark side to the work, we think it needs it.

Drunken ChrisAfter Chris had given us lots of food for thought, he snuck away and left us to it, we then began to explore which sections and themes could be pushed that step further. A lot of different ideas arose with directions in which we could take the piece but keeping it within the established framework of the drinking course context such as drunken chants, tactical vomiting and the relationship of our characters. We spent the afternoon running through the script, trying to find points where the developed sections might feed in, and re-learning some of the bits that we tend to forget ready for tomorrow’s sharing for Franko. We’re very much looking forward to his thoughts.

Over and out for now,

The Non-Applicables

Sian Myers

All photos by Sheena

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