Dance

“The audience remained transfixed, focused within your channeled energy…

…there is something about you, Lucy, that draws away from the physical environment and draws us into you.”

Cheryl Beer – writer, song-writer, organiser of Celtic WomenFest

Rituals of Faith and Imagination, drew on ritual, martial art and the gridding of words on the body and in space.  It took inspiration from a training period in south India in the martial art of kalarippayattu.  Lucy was Y Ffwrnes Theatre’s first Adopta artist, which made this solo possible.

The solo was last performed at Wales Dance Platform 2014 at Wales Millennium Centre.

 

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Not Two / अद्वैत  (2017)

Research and development supported by Arts Council Wales and Theatrau Sir Gâr, in collaboration with musician Rajesh David and creative producer Eleanor Shaw

Y Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli

Click here for extracts of the sharing (3 minutes).

 

 

Gurukula / गुरुकुल  (2016)

Research and development supported by Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Theatrau Sir Gâr, investigating the meeting place of kalarippayattu, aikido, contemplative practice and dance. With dancer Laurie-Anne Langis

Y Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli

 

Rituals of Faith and Imagination (2013)

a solo of interwoven words in space, ritual and kalari

made possible by Adopta@YFfwrnes

Wales Millennium Centre for Wales Dance Platform 2014, Y Ffwrnes Theatre, Celtic WomenFest at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Click here to see a trailer (2 minutes 40 seconds).

 

H2O : avant le déluge (2012)

Water is the only substance on this planet whose maximum density does not occur when it is solid.

scripted improvised dance on water and ice, how they live in us, we in them

with Helen Tennsion, supported by Volcano Theatre Company

 

There’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in (2011)

a film exploring the meeting place of dance, aikido and the Welsh coast

with Jane Hosgood, a Gower Films production

Click here to watch it on Youtube (10 minutes).

 

La Blanche (the white girl) (2010 & 2011)

The wind and the water wash the colours over and into one another so that edges are not quite defined…

bilingual improvised dance on colour, memory and the geography of belonging

Alliance Française de Bangalore, Bonjour India! festival and Chapter, Cardiff, supported by Volcano Theatre Company and Pineapple Dance Studios

Click here to watch a short study of inspirations for the solo (2 minutes).

 

The Spaces Between (2010)

Alliance Française de Bangalore, Bonjour India! festival

Click here to watch excerpts (4 minutes).

 

On your island, does the night fall later?  (2001)

…The balance is never made.

Yet in the night your eyes and mine

sounding one another

show no trace of vertigo.   (John Berger)

 

for Remix Dance Project, South Africa

Click here to watch it on Youtube (9 minutes).

 

 

Jarvis Cocker Leant on Me (2000)

with Adrienne Quartly

 

After Everything (I will love you as if it were always before)  (1998)

Gulbenkian Studio (Newcastle Playhouse) & Tramway @ The Arches (Glasgow)

 

French Letters (1997)

with Maybelline Quenneson, Théâtre des Trois Chênes, Le Quesnoy & Théâtre de la Ville, Douai (France)

 

About:

Lucy May Constantini started exploring movement in a vaguely formal context when she was two years old, and has been following that calling ever since.  She has worked extensively in dance and theatre since 1997 as a performer, choreographer, movement director and teacher, mostly in the UK, but also in Europe, Asia and South Africa.  She is a passionate explorer of improvisation, with a focus on Contact Improvisation which she first learnt from Laurie Booth while at Laban in 1997.  She has studied with some of the pioneers of the form, including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Kirstie Simson, who continue to inspire her.  Lucy has a long-standing interest in Eastern martial arts and body practices and how these relate to dance-making.  Over the years, her studies in these forms have included kalarippayattu, aikido, wing chun kung-fu, Thai massage and yoga.

Lucy has also worked extensively as a movement director in theatre, professionally and for final year drama school productions, and performs in both dance and theatre.

 

 

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