TRIBE// presents Still I Rise: Five female dancers take the audience on a journey through simmering tensions, moments of unison, togetherness, bodies flying through the space, duets and delicate solos.
Still I Rise is a call to arms, channelling the resilient, unapologetic nature of Maya Angelou’s poem. Raw and emotive dance is combined with Victoria Fox’s powerful yet articulate movement style. Lots of contact work, jumps, lifts and sensitive duets. The work is driven along by pounding beats and stirring arias.
Q&A about Still I Rise
Could you describe the show to those who know nothing about it?
It’s powerful, absorbing, emotive. I’m hoping it will make the audience really feel they are with the dancers. It’s contemporary dance that is very physical at times and demands a lot of technical dance skill to perform. Five female dancers take the audience on a journey through simmering tensions moments of unison, togetherness, bodies flying through the space, duets and delicate solos. I hope that it speaks to everybody, whether you have seen contemporary dance before or not.
What was the inspiration behind Still I Rise? Can you pinpoint one particular moment or idea?
The inspiration comes from a few years of images, feelings and ideas for movement things I would like to see on stage, I stumbled upon the video of Maya Angelou Still I rise and was amazed by her, how she introduces the poem and reads it her confidence and inner strength and questioning, her ability to reach out to people and touch their core with her words. The poem is like the backbone of the work…it encapsulates and ties a lot of the inspiration and various strands of the dance, of resilience, hope, rising above, seeing different forms of strength and togetherness it just seemed like the right time to explore this work and so relevant in our current unsettled world. I hope that an audience will have many different responses and thoughts and can ‘read’ the work differently as there is no one ‘right’ message just images and feelings that will mean something different to everyone.
Were there any obstacles you had to overcome to write it or stage it?
I wouldn’t say obstacles but it has been a new Journey for me. I’m an emerging choreographer as before my break I was a dancer performing and touring with different dance companies. This is my first full-length work and being the Artistic Director and Choreographer is a new role for me. It’s something I have always wanted to do; it’s a learning process. Working it out alongside having three young children is a new challenge in itself.
What would you like audiences to take away from your show?
This exciting new work was performed at the Jerwood DanceHouse as a work in progress during Pulse Festival 2017, it was brilliantly received by the audience then and we have no doubt that the final piece is going to inspire us all.