Talking Moves Series 1 Episode 3: Pivoting Work Online

Talking Moves | 06 November 2020

In this episode we talk to Sarah Blanc and Mathieu Geffré about the way they approached the task, back in April, of pivoting work online.

They discuss their immediate feelings of desperation and the subsequent “battle to find a new way and new solutions” within new conditions. They talk about the nuts and bolts of involving a community cast during lockdown: building trust and connections through Whatsapp and Zoom. We discuss the choice of title for Mathieu’s lockdown film: The Ceremony, and Sarah’s approach to working remotely with an intergenerational cast using poetry. And we speak of ever-present frustrations of technology, intellectual rights and the challenges of keeping communities comfortable within a digital world.

Sarah and Mathieu bring the conversation to a close as they consider how they now place value on their work and the need they still have to “feel like we are surviving as artists”.

Prior to listening to the podcast you may enjoy watching Sarah and Mathieu’s Up My Street Online films – a Greenwich Dance project conceived (pre-Covid) to be a cabaret tour to community centres.

Who's Who

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Sarah Blanc

Performer, choreographer, comedian and presenter.

Sarah Blanc creates solo work on herself and is also Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl – a fresh all-female inclusive dance theatre company. She is also one third of AnnieVickySarah.

Her choreographic work has toured extensively and been seen on artists and companies such as Complicite, Bryony Kimmings and Little Red Kettle. As a presenter, Sarah co-founded Inside Dance TV and was the main presenter for Art Streaming TV from 2013-2017. She also hosts regularly for live events, including Southbank Centre (Imagine,  Unlimited), Wilderness Festival, Move It and was the Up My Street: Online host during summer 2020.

She has recently begun a youtube channel called THE SARAH BLANC (go and subscribe). She is an Evolve Artist at Oxford Playhouse for 2020/21 and a Choreodrome 2020 artist who are both supporting the research for a new solo dance comedy show called Council Estate Princess.
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Mathieu Geffré

After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006, Mathieu Geffré has danced across Europe for the past 15 years. As a member of companies such as Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nederlandse Dans, and National Dance Company Wales, he collaborated with numerous leading choreographers including Itzik Galili, Johan Inger, Mark Baldwin, Christopher Bruce and Angelin Preljocaj among others. Alongside his performing career Mathieu has created and presented work on many European stages including Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Figueres es MOU in Spain, Mermaid Dance Platform in Northern Ireland, Aids TanzGala and Regensburg-Germany since 2012. Mathieu was awarded the 3rd Prize Choreography at the prestigious Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2016. He has recently launched his company, Rendez-Vous dance, with which he creates inclusive projects to tell past and current LGBTQIA+ stories. Mathieu has also made work for Nationaltheatre Mannheim, Rambert School, Phoenix Dance Theatre Youth Academy and Boston Dance Theatre.

Photo of Mathieu Geffré by RougedMilk

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