It had been a while since I had been at The Place. A few years ago I spent almost every night taking classes in contemporary dance and ballet and The Place had been a major part of my life. I first performed in the Robin Howard Theatre with New Art Club in 2009 in their Invisible People show. Then in 2011 I presented my first show She Walks in Beauty with The Ophelia Project. In 2011 my show had a cast of eight women and after that show I swore, if I ever made anything again it would be a one woman show or a duet!!! Now I find myself, once again, at the Robin Howard theatre with a show called The Legacy with The 2012 Legacy Project with a cast of at least 40 performers! What happened?!
Of course, the answer to that is the Olympic and Paralympic games. 2012 happened to London, and to my cast, and to me, and it has changed all of our perspectives and our lives. For me actually performing in the Olympics and Paralympics ceremonies had its highs and lows but what happened after 2012 was over was even more astounding. The friendships that have been formed and the performance groups that have been set up and contributions to both charitable events and funds, as well as protests such as Save Lewisham Hospital by Olympic/Paralympic volunteer performers have been inspiring. The determination to "keep the flame alive" for me, started with Vision choir but went on to mean much more about friendship and Colin Tribe's regular reunion events and dancing with Sarah and Amanda Woods and it is very clear the 'Olympic bubble' has still not burst.
So, here I am, more at ease with my large cast, which, I am sure is one the largest casts at this year's Resolution festival. We have a great Saturday night spot and I look forward to meeting the other two companies who will perform in the triple bill
After the information onslaught was over we were asked to find the piece of paper on the stage that corresponded to our performance date so that we could meet the other artists performing on the same night.
I was delighted to meet Chloe Aliyanni and hear about her duet Meteora which was first shown at Laban as part of her MA. The other artist performing on the same night is Tamar Daly who performed Decode This at Resolution in February this year and is a Brighton based artist. She is making a new show for Resolution, just as I will be doing with The Legacy.
After the meeting was over, I passed some of the information over to the rest of Team Legacy: Clare Wakeling (Marketing), Colin Tribe (Project Management) and Andrew Forey (Photography). Since this meeting, we been joined by Lettice Wigby who now is our regular blogger.
Now I had to prepare for our first rehearsal which would take place at RADA in five days time.....
Written by Rhiannon Brace