Horrible Creatures

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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, and first met her at Deborah Hay’s Solo Commissioning Project in 2008 at Findhorn, Scotland.  Michelle 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.

Also new to the project is the wonderful French performer and creator Céline Larrère. I first met Céline at a Deborah Hay workshop in Paris 4 years ago, and again last September. We reunited in Switzerland recently, when she translated my meeting with Prangins Hospital near Nyon. Céline cultivates living-moving objects through various media -dance, voice, performance, installation, photography, writing, cooking, in solo or collaboration. She plants her movement researches into the compost of singular and common experiences offered by our HomoSapiens existence. Her practice roots itself in stimulating and softening the attention to make imaginary choreographic terroirs emerge. Considering life as a movement, a perpetual metamorphosis of the instnat, her dance indefinitely to answer the question : What is moving us and what are we moving ?

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, since the fabulous Irish choreographer Ella Clarke introduced me to their music. I'm delighted that they will be part of the work. Fujiya & Miyagi are a British group formed in BrightonEast 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 Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Embassy in Bern, Prangins Hospital Nyon, Ticino Film Commission, Dance Ireland, Fringe Lab at Dublin Fringe, and Tanzarchiv Zurich, without whom the creation and screening of this film would not be possible. Also for the ongoing advice and support from the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich, and The James Joyce Centre in Dublin.