November 7, 2009
JANA PHILLIPS, ENO Baylis Project Manager
On Thursday, we took plenty more photographs and I think many of these capture the atmosphere in the rehearsal room. Joyce Henderson, who is working with the group to help them explore movement, is pushing them to really engage with their actions and to consider how they interact with the people around them. It’s rigorous and it requires a great deal of thought: I’m sure it’s not as easy or straightforward as people may have thought. This notion is coming through in many of the blogs, but there’s a sense that the process is satisfying and rewarding too.
I’m constantly amazed at how the participants are faring with this challenge. Many – who claimed they had not been on stage since they were children – clearly have a natural gift for appearing collected and comfortable in their roles. Joyce is definitely helping bring out these skills and Deborah is gently guiding and directing them, but I think we can all see raw talent which was there all along!
This is Joyce in front of part of the group:
This is the group doing an exercise which explores how tension can affect movement:
Here’s another activity which involved quick movements and concentration:
And just a couple more photos of the ensemble rehearsing together: