I am creating a second film about Lucia Joyce this winter, which is due for release in early 2019. The film is inspired by Lucia's life between 1915 and 1950, and will be filmed in Switzerland. Each scene will be choreographed, and filmed at locations where Lucia would have spent time - including Locarno where she holidayed as a child, Zurich where she attended school, and Prangins Hospital in Nyon where she received psychiatric treatment in the early 1930's.
I am committed to offering Lucia's story as truthfully as I can. Although much of her writings were destroyed following her death, the scenes and movement within the film will be developed as much as possible from Lucia's own words and experiences. I will also include my own personal experiences that relate to the themes examined in the film, as well as commenting on the wider issues that women face in contemporary society.
The film will feature dance artist Michelle Boulé. Michelle is a renowned performer, creator and teacher based in New York. I am thrilled to have her involved in the project. An original sound score will be developed by David Best and Ed Chivers, two members of UK group ‘Fujiya and Miyagi'. I have been a massive fan of the band for many years now, so I'm delighted that they will be part of the work.
Michelle Boulé is a “Bessie” Award winning dance artist based in NY whose work addresses the physical expression of consciousness. She has received recent commissions, presentations, and residency fellowships from The Chocolate Factory, Met Breuer, Danspace Project, River to River, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Kitchen, MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Movement Research. Her work has also toured to Chicago, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Marcos, Winnipeg, Dublin, and Latvia. Awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, New Music USA Grant, and Boekelheide Creativity Award. As a performer, she has collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez (2001-15), Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, John Scott, and Deborah Hay, amongst others. Boulé has taught technique, improvisation, and creative practice workshops throughout N. and S. America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is currently faculty at The New School and Movement Research. She maintains a clinical practice in energy and consciousness-based healing as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.
Fujiya & Miyagi are a British group formed in Brighton, East Sussex in 2000. The current line-up consists of David Best (vocals and guitar), Stephen Lewis (synths and vocals), Ed Chivers (drums), Ben Adamo & Ben Farestuedt (bass and vocals). They have released seven studio albums: Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style (2002), TransparentThings (2006), Lightbulbs (2008), Ventriloquizzing (2011), Artificial Sweeteners (2014), Fujiya & Miyagi (2017), and Different Blades from the Same Pair of Scissors (2017). They are currently signed to Impossible Objects of Desire worldwide.
I am extremely grateful for the support of the Irish Arts Council, The Irish Embassy in Bern, and Prangins Hospital in Switzerland, without whom the creation and screening of this film would not be possible.