• 'Timepiece', Conrad Shawcros (2013). Photo by Jeremy Timings
  • 'Timepiece', Conrad Shawcross (2013). Photo by Dan Kilwood
  • Random Dance company in response to 'Timepiece' by Conrad Shawcross (2013)
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Random Dance Company in response to ‘Timepiece’ by Conrad Shawcross
August 2013

I experienced a performance by Wayne McGregor/Random Dance Company, in response to ‘Timepiece’ by Conrad Shawcross at the Roundhouse.

‘Timepiece’ is a modern abstract take on an archaic¬†sundial. Shawcross’s mechanism incorporates light and rotates in a dynamic motion- weaving hypnotically and throwing meditating shadows around the space, subsequently illuminating the crevices of the roundhouse’s exposed eaves.

I was quite inspired by this show, especially considering the way my work will be much more focused on live performance in the coming months.

The thing that really stood out for me was the way that the dancers’ allowed their bodies to be led by the mechanism, in an almost organic way so that it was really believable as the core of their performance.

I absorbed this performance by noting the following experiences and sequences:

natural/everyday/mundane

responsive/fast-forward

together/unit

run/jog/shake

Tremble

slide/jerk

repeat/delete

broken/reconfigure/pause/converse

discussion/rehearse/repercussion

lift/throw/try

unbroken/link

triad/triangle/flexible

regroup/learn/dismiss/release

sweep/lead/drag

flux/ephemeral

rigid/malleable/bend/unbend

measure/pattern/mirror/reflect

slow/fast/tempo