Associate Artist Luke Brown tells us about his busy year so far
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Luke Brown became one of The Point’s Associate Artists earlier this year and what a busy year it’s been as he explains here:
“I have recently been successful with my very first Arts Council funded project for the research and development for my Double Bill which premiered at South Hill Park early in July. I have never felt relief and gratitude like I did when I received my confirmation letter. A swarm of emotions took over me. I actually found out the news while rehearsing in Ireland. I remember it like yesterday; I was standing in a church graveyard at 9.45am in the middle of Limerick when I received the phone call and with me being the emotional man that I am, I burst into floods of tears. I was an uncontrollable mess.
Lise Uytterhoeven of London Studio Centre said of the piece: “Luke Brown’s DOUBLE BILL explores the subtleties of human behaviour and interactions through a carefully crafted choreographic language, combining gestures, speech, contrasting dynamics and intricate partner-work.”
Marie McCluskey MBE, of Swindon Dance added: “Luke Brown’s latest new work Princess – a tongue in cheek look at fairytale romance – provides a glimpse of a rapidly growing individual new voice in dance. Luke has a positive and enthusiastic creative energy; hence it was a delight to host a three week residency with his company and to witness the birth of such an amusing Princess performed by the talented dancers in his company.”
“Second Self was selected to feature as part of Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival in May 2015 and received fantastic audience responses. The festival focuses on abandoned buildings and taking them over for a designated time period to programme live art, dance, film, instillation and music. Just before I showed Second Self in Scotland, I presented a snippet of the work at The Point’s event Café Choréographique where the work received an explosive audience response. I was left charged, excited, motivated, nervous and warm by the experience at Café Choréographique.”
Second Self – DOUBLE BILL”Early 2015, I packed a suitcase, boarded a very small plane and relocated to Ireland for the month of March to work with Junk Ensemble’s Megan Kennedy to work on her new dance installation Marble & Bread, which looked back at the history of Ireland’s mental health institutes. I had no previous knowledge of Limerick but I had a lovely time.
“Most recently I have been collaborating and performing with Norwich-based dance company GlassHouse on a promenade piece titled Us. It has been a beautiful experience with a fantastic team of collaborators and through this recent process I have learnt new skills and realised things about myself that I never knew before. Thanks to GlassHouse I can with confidence now say I have skills as a street theatre performer. GlassHouse has a fantastic work ethos and I urge any of you to seek out their work.
“I am passionately committed to the sustainability of contemporary dance for the younger generation of dance artists of tomorrow. I work very closely with Brakenhale Secondary School and Berkshire County Dance Company Youth to engage them with professional practice. In turn this builds new audiences, not only for my work and practice, but for the art form as a whole.
“This summer I was commissioned to make a dance work with London Studio Centre’s 2nd year contemporary students as part of their annual Dance Overture held at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre. This was my first commission with university students and I had a brilliant time working with such eager, enthusiastic mature dance artists. Sharing knowledge and experiences with these young adults was refreshing and rewarding and I too have learnt a lot about myself and my practice through the process.
“Alongside this I have been a regular teacher at LSC for the past two years. It is really bizarre for me to be on the other side of the college where I once was a student.”
And the next few months promise to be as busy for Luke:
“I have been involved with an exciting new choreographic project Pitch., alongside my dear colleagues Ashley Hind and Ellie James.
“Pitch. Platform is an evening of scratch performances from emerging dance artists who have the opportunity to present up to 15mins of work in a professional, fully functioning theatre. This year saw the birth of the very first Pitch. at South Hill Park. I am extremely excited to announce that 2016 will see Pitch. round 2, not only once but twice. Through the support of South Hill Park and The Point, Ashley, Ellie and I will be bringing Pitch. to both these venues. Keep an eye out for applications which will be going live soon!!! More is available via Facebook and Twitter.
“So far 2015 has been a fantastic year for me, a milestone in my career. I am so thankful to each and every artist, friend, venue and mentor who has helped me along the journey to enable my voice to emerge within this industry. I am excited to be supported by The Point and its helpful and supportive team. I feel very much at home as soon as my toes step into the building. There is laughter everywhere, in the foyer, theatre, corridors, stairwells and offices. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and the challenges I am going to face. Let’s hold tight and see….”
Photo Credit: Howard at DZphoto