|the Suchness of Heni and Eddie|
|the Suchness of Heni and Eddie evolved out of a showing that was included in ResCen’s NightWalking conference in 2002. It was the reaction of the audience that persuaded me to develop the experimental form further. I first worked with dancers Henrietta Hale and Eddie Nixon when making Passage. I recognised a huge potential for them to work as dancing partners and wanted to work in greater depth with them. They are the very subject of the dance itself. For several years writer and researcher Niki Pollard and I had worked together to find new ways to write about the creative process. She was instrumental in developing the form and textual content of the Suchness of… in its first incarnation.
the Suchness of Heni and Eddie is what I call an inside out performance. The structure of the piece develops so that it becomes increasingly more performed as it progresses. Starting very informally, I begin to talk to the audience as the dancers perform simple tasks and scores. As the dancers get increasingly involved in a more complex pas-de-deux, the narration reduces eventually leaving the dancers to continue their intimate duet alone. Layers of meaning and context are added to what the audience actually observes through my spoken text. This combines both my own and the dancers thoughts with observations by Niki Pollard.
In 2005 I began to work with Baz Kershaw and Ludivine Allegue to make an interactive DVD the Suchness of Heni and Eddie as part of PARIP’s (Practice as Research in Performance) AHRC research project at the University of Bristol. The resulting DVD is a joint publication with ResCen Publications.
In this section of the website you can find a gallery of images, an interview between myself and Niki from 2004 before I developed the piece, more information about the Suchness of Heni and Eddie DVD and a sample of clips from the DVD.