Processes connected to Inky Matter:
Alongside the performance of Inky Matter, I devise and facilitate inclusive dance workshops that explore the creative themes and materials of the solo work. As a dance artist (with a disability myself), I aim to make the work accessible to children/young people and adults, both disabled and non-disabled. Through the workshops participants explore different possibilities for self-expression through a combination of movement, mark-making and writing.
As part of Inky Matter’s work to date, I have facilitated workshops for a variety of ages (so far, from 5 years old and upwards) and for different time periods – from a single two-hour session; a four day residency; or a weekly session that happens over an eight week term. The workshops give participants an insight into ‘Inky Matter’, but they also create and generate content that influences and features in the performance that follows later. Therefore, each performance of ‘Inky Matter’ varies slightly; and is influenced by and adapts to the audience it meets and the setting it finds itself in.