Celebrating our successful Grants for the Arts application (hooray!) we kicked off the project with a workshop from our friend and Divergency 'regular', Selina Thompson. What may have looked like a huge food fight to the untrained eye, was actually a workshop about using food as a stimulus to create work! Following which, we went to see Selina's aptly named show, Chewing The Fat, at The Lowry.
After working with food and watching a show about food, we went and ate some food! We broke (naan) bread and discussed as artists: who we wanted to work with, what we wanted to get out of the project, and how we wanted to do it. Food being a focal point - we decided we would meet and eat one month, and workshop the next... which leads me on to our latest excursion to Artwork in Salford - a huge art space where Jamil hosted us and Chanje set the workshop exercises!
Great minds and all, we all responded to the same brief, which was:
No speech in the performance at all. Narrative and/or concept being explored must be communicated without speaking. The performer(s) are at the heart of the piece.
See below a selection of photos of what came out of the workshop.
Plans are afoot for Divergency in the new year, watch this space!