Working with Rage: collaboration with Nick Kilby & Alex Herod, Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, July, 2011.

A mans work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover through the detours of art, those two or three great simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

Albert Camus

I don’t mind admitting my fear before starting this project. Every solo artist knows what they want from their work, they understand their individual interpretations and have their own way of communicating. Working with two artist’s with whom I was a little intimidated gave me second thoughts – but how could I miss this opportunity?

We all researched heavily in preparation of a project in which we had a loose impression of the outcome.

The first day, for me, was difficult but the general attitude from my co-workers of respect and trust within the value of our previous, present and forthcoming work had me relaxing and trusting in the following days of the process myself; a project in which I was ready to compromise and learn, and I did.

Essential learning’s are of the power of the un-tampered image, the creation of an intimidation, a sensation and feeling in the space before or perhaps without any over-worked physical action or verbal contribution. And, for what was the most enjoyable experience for me, the utilization of vocal and physical contributions in work, creating a spiritual presence for the spectator.

I would have never have expected to make the fortunate discovery that I could, so much, enjoy the performance space both with other artists there while understanding the value of (in favour of learning a new way) leaving my own ideals behind.  In fact, if anything, my passions were escalated, but like Nick commented ‘we are all growling to the same twisted hymn’.  Rage Actions was led by Nick Kilby and performed by Nick Kilby, Alex Herod and myself at Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill on July 23rd 2011.

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