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Monday, 26 May 2014

Choreopoem Narrative Text Complete - Next Steps !

What a great feeling! To have completed the narrative of the choreopoem. As always it has been, another fascinating journey, in terms of the research and creating a fictional story, that will I hope will be compelling and animate the St Georges/Cultural Quarter area. Using a range of sources and archive material, for the narrative, as well as referring to the areas geography - its streets, buildings and of course people over time. I have drawn on my own and others experiences and recollections of the area. Highlighting the bar club culture and other buildings that housed e.g the organization Spectrum - a building used primarily by the Leicester African Caribbean community, that was the birth place of Dance music pioneers DJ SS and yours truly ( my first ever House Music performance) , alongside  other memorable community events. A notable selection include  Ajani Women & Girls Centre 10 years Celebration Show, Free Nelson Mandela Benefits and Jazzethics Shows featuring the Jazz Warriors, Jean Toussaint (saxophonist) , Alan Weeks and Phillip Bent (flutist).

The next stage is to enter into discussions, with project colleagues, as to how to digitally present selected parts of the choreopoem. In addition to plans for a public reading/sharing,in the Autumn, as part of the overall continuing development of the piece. As in time, there will be music to be composed and movement devised as part of the work. This choreopoem raises contentious and controversial issues so I am keen to know how an audience responds.

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