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Inside the Platform Young Company: Sharing Day

7 Dec 2019

Isabel Dickens is an artist currently working with the Platform Young Company, our performance group for anyone aged 16 - 25 years. As part of her work with the group Issy will be posting regular updates of what goes on during meetings, rehearsals and workshops:

Sharing day! Today we needed to warm up, review the work, finish building the sharing and share it with whoever turned up at 1pm. People brought in t-shirts with slogans to wear during the scratch.

The performance starts with Kirsty standing on the stage holding a glass of milk and miming to ‘One Moment in Time’ by Whitney Houston whilst Lucy sings a karaoke version off-stage. Then Kirsty drinks the entire glass of milk and then falls to the ground. People walk on stage slowly with a neutral expression and keep standing up and falling down as Lucy proceeds onto the stage giving her most diva performance and then everyone has fallen and she falls down last. Then everyone stands and starts moving in time and freezing to the soundtrack of metronome, freezing and looking at the audience for 16 and walking for 8 beats. This lasts what seems like a long time and then Kirsty, Lauren and Ezinne slowly turn on the spot and clap above the house. This cues the ‘bumping’ sequence and the music and energy completely switches with members walking between points 1,2,3,4,5 which they have selected and bumping into each other. We then transition between more and more movement sections such as the bouncing, ‘Love Hurts’ and 50s dancing, interspersed with sections of metronome.

A lot of the images reflect social interactions such as dancing, sitting together and clubbing, even though they were so staid within those formations. The colours of the costumes and the greater number of people on stage and their different personalities coming through also makes it feel distinctly more cheerful than the last Platform Show.

After the sharing we chatted with everyone who came to watch. It was interesting to hear how different people’s sensations of the show were. One person stated that they found the metronome difficult to listen to, another found it extremely soothing. The piece doesn’t guide you to an answer or an experience and it leaves a lot of empty space for the audience to do the work. This could be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. The members commented on how difficult it was performing such a direct piece in front of a small audience, the experience was cringe-worthy but not necessarily in a bad way.

It felt like today was a lovely end to the term so far. Next term the work will be much more focussed on developing a production than generating ideas. Even though our audience members had mixed reactions it felt like everyone really enjoyed performing the piece and Ewan commented that when they were backstage during the introduction it cemented the idea that they were a cast and everyone was supporting each other and dancing backstage during Lucy’s Karaoke performance. We also had the chance to get a pizza afterwards and have a couple of drinks so it felt like a good bonding experience. Looking forward to starting back next year!

For more information about the Platform Young Company including information on how to join the group send an email to info@platform-online.co.uk

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