I am excited to be part of Waltham Forest first London Borough of Culture 2019 by presenting my new work at William Morris Gallery in the beautiful Story Lounge, accessible by ascending the grand 18th century staircase, made of Spanish sweet chestnut.
The choreography has been developed following the success of the community project 'Women's dance' and my visual art work.
'Rock, paper, petals' celebrates nature, women's identity and diversity by bringing together, through dance and creativity, women from different walks of life, age and abilities in the performing and visual arts.
Dance students from Idea Store Learning and the University of East London (third year BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice) will also work alongside professional dancers and female members of the public.
- Co-create an approx. 15-minutes long choreography and up to five pieces of visual art with women of different age, abilities and nationalities. The visual art work will be displayed in the 8 local libraries in Waltham Forest during the year of culture.
- Empower women through engaging in the creation and delivery of the choreography.
- Nurture women's relationships through developing trust and understanding while engaging in dance and visual art activities.
The project is important and timely in its delivery and scope because firstly, it combines visual art with dance and secondly, considering the recent debates on gender inequalities and women’s abuse, it gives women of different background a safe space to voice their views and be creative through dance and the arts.
The playful and game-like nature of the choreography’s structure gives participants the freedom to move with confidence alongside professional and training dancers.
It is important to be able to perform at William Morris Gallery because my visual art stylises, similarly to Morris’ textile work, natural and human forms. I use this to celebrate women co-existence in our world and to connect to my own interpretation of womanhood as I see flowers as symbolically feminine. Ultimately both the choreography and visual art work are a celebration of women taking part in the project, their own personal views on womanhood and their engagement in creative processes, performances and visual arts. Annarita Mazzilli
3rd March 2019 - 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (Free)
William Morris Gallery (1st floor Story Lounge)
Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, London E17 4PP
Part of Waltham Forest first London Borough of Culture 2019
Here some of the participants' testimony from 'women's dance' project also taking part in 'Rock, paper, petals:
"It felt empowering and freeing to be able to do a performance like this - where you could be yourself but also be a part of something bigger than yourself. And that is why it is was valuable to be amongst women in the dance; telling some of my story as a woman, and sharing the stories of other women." (Rita - Project participant)
"It was great being with other women! I felt connected to them, empowered by them, supported by them...Taking part in the dance project has made me feel more comfortable in my own skin"
(Lucilia - Project participant)
" It was as a tremendously surprising experience, fun and simply pleasant, a bit like group meditation followed by a party...!"
(Kasia - Project participant)
"The whole experience was uplifting while still having deep meaning and gravity. Annarita did an amazing job bringing together people from different backgrounds and making us look like accomplished dancers!" (Anusha- Project participant)