Silence, stillness and sentiment
My name is Rhiannon and I was an audience leader, in all four ceremonies, I dream about a fifth.
My name is Colin and I was a working man in the industrial revolution. I still wear my costume in public....
My name is Toni and I was a drummer. I am still living in the Olympic bubble and wish to stay there.
My name is Lettice. Last summer showed me how much I can fit into my life. It needn't be just wake up, go to work, have dinner, go to bed and repeat.
Rhiannon wanted everyone in the main cast to write a quote. She said the quotes might feature in the show by being projected on to the stage or as voiceovers. Once everyone had written down their quote Rhiannon asked us to walk around the room. We did our usual movements - clear the space, folding and group centre. Then Rhiannon asked us to include being still, i.e. not moving, into our repertoire. We had to introduce stillness through the use of group impulses. 'Group impulses' is when the group does a movement together without talking about it or someone leading it. The group has to let movements happen naturally instead of forcing them. Rhiannon instructed us that every time the group stopped moving someone had to read out their quote.
There is no way I can convey how heart touching this activity was in words. I think you had to be there but here is my description of what happened: we walked around the room doing movements, such as folding, and then we would become still. Each time, after varying lengths of silence, you'd hear a voice. The voice would be emanating from someone, somewhere in the room and your mind would race to try and identify who it was and where they were in proximity to you. The stillness and quiet that lay around their voice was lovely. The voice said its name, role in London 2012 and quote. It was so so so beautiful. I loved it. I loved it for the stillness. I loved it for the silence. I loved it for the sounds of the voices. I loved it for peoples' openness. I loved it for peoples' confidence. I loved it for peoples' shyness. I loved it for the breaking of silences. I loved it for the different memories of London 2012. I don't know if this activity resonated with anyone else as profoundly as it did with me but I know I loved it and I will cherish the memory.
After stretching we did a fun activity to help improve our non-verbal communication and build trust. In pairs we had to take it in turns to lead one another around the room by only using light touches to the back of the neck. I closed my eyes when my partner led me around the room and it was so much fun. It was exciting to see what would happen. I only bumped into one object as my partner was really good at leading.
Break time was excellent. We were fortunate enough to be rehearsing at the Lost theatre, which is a great venue near Vauxhall. One of my favourite things about this theatre is that it has a bar! This meant we could leave the studio and have our lunch and chitchat in the bar area. There was bar staff around so we could buy drinks and snacks. It was great, a really good venue and it has impressive shows on.
After the break Colin interviewed two cast members. Colin asked people why they decided to join the Legacy Project and what they enjoyed most so far. You can see some interview footage here:
This week we also began crafting a new routine. The routine was again in a circle formation and this time it hurt our backs as opposed to our knees! It seems 'no pain, no gain' is our new motto!
That was more or less it for today's four hour rehearsal. Next week we only have a two hour rehearsal as many of us our taking part in the Lord Mayors show. Next week will also see the chorus joining the rehearsal, which will be fab. We haven't rehearsed with them yet so I don't know who's in it and I can't wait to find out!
Written by Lettice Wigby