Devising Dance and Music: Idée Fixe
Experimental Sound and Movement Theatre
(booklet + video: Leigh Landy, Evelyn Jamieson)
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This book and video publication, the first of its kind, demonstrates the value of the devising approach to music and dance. Youth, local community groups, organisations with a special focus and professionals may find this to be an exciting way to work, one based on the special construction of creative endeavour.
The publication introduces the company Idée Fixe - Experimental Sound and Movement Theatre. The company's approach and its spectrum of activities culminates in what has been called a "flexible framework for devising" dance and music. Arguments for the relevancy of the approach are illustrated with Idée Fixe's key elements.
Intended for use within educational and arts contexts, the video includes devising process and performance recordings, interviews with students and material from rehearsals. This combined publication enables a sharing of experiences in creative and skills development that took place during two Idée Fixe residencies.
In 2005, Sunderland University Press announced that this booklet/video combination had sold out and that they had no plans for a second edition. The rights have therefore been returned to the authors. We have decided to offer the booklet’s and video’s contents online. The video files are rather large and download speed should be taken into account. Broadband speed is a recommended minimum given the video file sizes.
Devising presented in the form of a glossary
Chapter 1 - - The Company
How Idée Fixe works
Our work in the community
So this is what we do
Chapter 2 - The "Lottopus" Series
"Lottopus 1" - Bridgewater Hall residency
"Lottopus 3" - South Hill Park Arts Centre residency
A final word
Appendix 1 - A Flexible Framework for Devising
Appendix 2 - Credits
Appendix 3 - Illustrations
About the Authors
ACT 1: The Lottopus Project
INTERMEZZO: Key Company Ingredients
ACT 2: Bon Voyage