Arts Award – Personal Arts Development

As part of the Gold Arts Award we have to develop ourselves as artists. Part of this is attending events and reviewing them, in order to learn from them and reflect on how they can influence our own art form.

Previously I have been involved in concerts as a singer, and have acted in plays and musicals. I’m always intrigued by the use of the voice in works of art, and I was very lucky to see Melanie Pappenheim perform ‘Falling’ at the IFMK:2014. The use of the voice in such a way, in those particular surroundings, was very new to me and I began to think more on how you can use the voice in theatre, not just in traditional song form or spoken word.

Last night I attended John at the National Theatre, presented by DV8, a physical theatre company. The artistic director Lloyd Newson plays on the interaction between voice and movement in an incredibly interesting way and I found the whole piece very moving. This was the first proper piece of physical theatre that I’ve seen, so it was interesting for me to see how music, voice overs and movement were combined in such serious subject matter.

I’m still putting together my full review on it so you will see that tomorrow.

I think this element of the Arts Award is really exciting as it makes you evaluate what you already know, and then build on that foundation, encouraging you to explore the arts and experience new techniques and ideas. It makes you want to move out of your comfort zone and I’m really enjoying that challenge in itself.