WORKING with OBjeCtS
by Julyen Hamilton
WORKING with OBjeCtS
Julyen Hamilton’s performances are characterised by a number of different reoccurring elements. These elements have been deeply researched and practiced over the years. They involve light/sound/space/text and speech ….and the use of objects.
His decor work and use of objects in the space is of essence and accompanies all of his theatre pieces.
OBjeCtS placed, handled, spoken to, danced beside, destroyed and created…all reveal a particular poetry especially when in the context of the ‘naked’ dancer’s body.
We will take a look at this subject, working the body thoroughly and in the context of objects ‘on stage’. We’ll consider and practice how to enter into poetic relationships with objects and discover how they can participate and reveal further layers of imagery in performance.
“I have been making dances, directing and teaching for the past 40 years.
I was born in England, then lived in Amsterdam and am now based in Girona in northern Spain.
Trained in a period of experimentation in London in the mid 70s, I have constantly made work from a radical point of view.
My work, both in company (ALLEN’S LINE) and solo, develops dance for the theatre – a place where an atmosphere of transformation, insight and understanding is permitted without resort to thin conclusions.
In this ambience dancers and light designer are directed to compose pieces instantly;
we practise a process of improvisation in rehearsal and in the moment of performance.
These are refined skills; they are a way of tunnelling down into ourselves with the light of spontaneity and producing material.
This material is fresh to the intelligence of the moment and also linked to the months, years and epochs that it has been gestating in the individual and the individual’s history.
Since 1990 I have made more than 100 solos which have been seen all over the world. They are an original interplay between dance, live text and decor. Each piece is made specifically for each venue thus harnessing the architecture and ambience of the performing arena as forces which support and amplify the inherent themes of the piece.
In this work the voice is one which comes naturally from the body in motion; from a mind which is housed in a dancing body.
It is the voice of the itinerant more than the sedentary being. I sense that the intelligence of the mover comes from the whole body thus the rational lives alongside a vision of things as they change – as they are being and becoming.
The solo ’40 Monologues’ in which 100 separate solos were made, was lit by light artist and theatre director, Svante Grogarn; a recent meeting and collaboration can be seen in the version of the solo ‘The Immaterial World’ in Göteborg, Sweden 2011. The solo Cell premiered in Barcelona on 2004 and has been performed regularly since then; the next solo ‘How It Is Made’ premiered in Paris, subsequently playing throughout Europe.
The most recent solos ‘The Immaterial World’ / ‘The Forerunner’ and ‘Landscape Portrait’, ’Interview’’ and ‘HELD DEAR’ have and are being performed throughout Europe and in the States and Russia. Over the years I have had three companies, the present one based in Brussels, Belgium is named: Allen’s Line’.
As director of Allen’s Line’., I develop a communal language where movement and text constantly intertwine as they are passed amongst us; it is our way of manifesting a sharing of the imagination.
Allen’s Line’s 2018 piece, ‘B U R S T !’ was performed in France, Belgium, Rome, Paris and Berlin during 2018/19.
In 2021 their latest piece “THIRST” will be played in
France, Begium, Italy….
I have also been invited to choreograph for other dancers and to collaborate with other directors. Pieces made in this context have included:
‘No Man’s Gone Now’ for Opiyo Okach; ‘Queen’ for Françoise Leick
‘S.K.I.N.’ co-directed with Iztok Kovac for both performance and then in the film ‘What Are You Going To Do When You Get Out of Here?’
My work with musicians includes much rich work as a dancer and in recent years, as poet/voice artist.
(see Lily’s Band, Marjolaine Charbin, Wilbert de Joode).
It has been a pleasure to perform with amongst others : Barre Phillips, Michael Moore, Fred Frith, Malcolm Goldstein, Daniel Humair, Alfred Spirli, Xavier Garcia, Christian Reiner, Jean-Claude Jones, Vladimir Volkov, Tristan Honsinger, Sebi Tramontana, Axel Dörninger, Ritsche Koch…
My teaching work comes straight from the stage experience; it goes deeply into the compositional aspects of creativity through the areas of the physical body, space, time, objects and voice.
I have always written poetry and yet rarely have I published it. In the last few years, with the poetry readings with Lily’s Band in Amsterdam, I started making music to accompany recordings of some of the poetry. Venturing for months into the world of recording and composing, I eventually produced a whole range of tracks;
in 2011 the CD of poetry and music “The Edge of Letters” was released on the Sibyl Sings label in Holland.
In 2017 the CD of live poetry and bass ‘Jack Gets Out of Prison’ with Wilbert de Joode. Published by Bluedog Publishing http://www.bluedogpublishing.net/
Other cds include “Pointer” with Roy Carroll and “The Road to Amerillo” with bass player Giorgos Kokkinaris
Date of the workshop:
Mondays till Fridays (2 weeks)
Times of this workshop:
10:00-17:30 with a lunch break from 13:00 t0 14:30.
Price of the workshop:
Registration fee of €150 (as part of the €600).
Performance by Allen’s Line
the Julyen Hamilton Company
´THIRST´ is character, is story criss-crossed, solved and unsolved; it is desire, hunger…..hunger to be heard;
it is our formlessness playing while becoming form.
´THIRST´ is the third in the trilogy of works started by Allen´s Line in 2018 with ¨BURST!´. ´THIRST´ premiered in Paris this year and goes on to be performed in Italy, France and Belgium during the rest of 2021.
Maya M. Carroll