My first season of short dance films in outdoor spaces has come to an end. I take this opportunity to reflect on what I've learnt and experienced along the way, and to introduce the first location for season two.
It's been quite a journey creating these dance films over the last couple of months. As we come to the end of Season 1, I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on the experience of creating footSTEPS, which you can watch in the interview above.
Responses to Season 1
I have had some great support from those of you who have continued to return to this blog as the season has progressed, and I've found it really interesting to see how other people have described what we're trying to achieve here. Some people have described the dances as joyful, and others have found certain films therapeutic to watch. People have commented on how they haven't before seen a filmic example of someone playing in the waves of an ocean as I do in the Sker beach film, and others have seen intrigue in the spooky setting of the Cwmbran underpass.
One of my favourite descriptions of this project came from a colleague of mine, who told others that the films were "an interesting exploration of how our interactions with spaces have changed during the pandemic." I'll be honest, the exploration of how we might interact with spaces differently in a post-COVID world wasn't my initial intention, but I find it intriguing to hear that some people have read the project in this way. For me, footSTEPS was about finding my freedom again - my freedom to be outside and explore new places, and my freedom to dance unrestricted, without coffee tables, sofas and carpets restricting my movement during the lockdown. However, I can see how it could be interpreted in this way - you as viewer may remember how you engaged with spaces before the lockdown, and notice the different kinds of spaces you maybe haven't yet engaged with as the lockdown continues to ease.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me their kind words detailing what they have enjoyed about the films so far. You can always send me your thoughts via the contact form at the bottom of this page - I love to read what these films make people think about.
You can watch Season 1 in its entirety (and in order) here. It takes less than half an hour!
In the media
At the end of August 2020, I was invited onto The Surrey Post Grad Podcast, to talk about my PhD research, but also about how I'd built footSTEPS as part of my process of dealing with the pandemic. It was great to share experiences with others who have dealt with the pandemic in very different ways. You can listen to the episode here.
I've got some more media slots lined up this month, so stay tuned for them.
Season 2: England
Next week, Season 2 of footSTEPS begins with a movement-based adventure through a giant maize maze in Gloucestershire, UK. I'm looking forward to sharing these new, English spaces with you as the season progresses. Stay with me people!