We did it. Quicksilver, The Place: reFRESH… performed and transformed.
This, sadly, is the last time I’ll perform with Quicksilver. ReFRESH was serendipitous in timing: it allowed me to finish this two year adventure with something akin to the experience itself: an open, honest connection with those who love and value dance as much as I.
For days after performing I remained blown away by the playfulness and generosity that is dancing with these talented dancers. My heart was swollen: not only with the connection of so many like-minded people, but the support and enthusiasm of those who came to watch.
The work that we’d put together in such a rush of time transformed onstage. The difficulty we’d each been finding in settling the emotional/conceptual layer just…happened. By the second performance, the intensity and gravity I’d been hoping to feel in representing something so close to Laura’s heart gave way and developed into a genuinely touching experience.
It had been a long day. Our tech and dress run was marked and our curtain call choreographed on the day: a 9am start for a 10pm finish. These days are disorientating and draining, but there’s something deep inside me that buzzes: the adrenaline, the enjoyment and the ability to let things go and go with it. It’s freeing, liberating, nerve-racking.
Observing other youth companies across London brought the youth demographic together. It identified and solidified Quicksilver for me: the first time we’ve performed alongside others in the same spirit.
I’m going to miss this.
with Annabel x
THANK YOU: Max, Luke, Jessica, Katy, Annabel, Nonica, Harriet, Flo, Dion, Georgia, Timo, and Fiona – for letting me dance, rehearse, joke around with, and get to know you – it was a blast. To Laura: for your support, encouragement and the windows you opened for me…I’m truly grateful. xxx