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3 February 2021
Author: The Place

A celebration of Resolution! - Léa Tirabasso

In normal times, our theatre would be buzzing with artists right now, presenting fresh work and new ideas as we kick off the new year with our annual Resolution! festival. We miss the excitement of Resolution, and we miss giving early-career artists the opportunity to have our main stage, and use the festival as a springboard to launch their careers. To celebrate what Resolution means to us and to the dance community, we have asked former Resolution artists to take a trip down memory lane and tell us about their own Resolution experience.

 

Léa Tirabasso, Resolution 2014

What year did you participate in Resolution and how did you come to be in it? 

In 2014 - I was moving back to London from Germany, and I was not yet fully aware that I wanted to make my own work. I still wanted to work as a dancer, stubbornly believing there was nothing more exhilarating than being on stage. Back in Germany, I had made a site-specific piece «Simones», and I wanted to see it on stage. I wanted to explore its concepts a little bit more, but really, I just wanted to see the piece again… like an old friend. Applying to Resolution was the best way for me to visit that friend again. Then in 2015 - my first funded piece « love me tender » opened at Resolution. This was the first time I really had the time to solely focus on a piece. I loved and still love that one…

If you were not a choreographer presenting, what role did you play at Resolution? How did you come to take part?

I danced! I danced in 5 pieces presented at Resolution between 2009 to 2016!!

Tell us a little bit about the piece you presented? What was it about? Where did the idea come from? Where were you in your professional development as an artist at that time?

«Simones» in 2014 explored a thought Simone de Beauvoir talks about in «The Second Sex»: the fact that women are enslaved to our species, and that our physiological potential for reproduction conditioned our social position. I was very angry. When I made that piece, I was still working full time as a dancer and had no experience in choreographing. This was one of my very first choreographic/aesthetic exercises! «love me tender» in 2015 explored Schopenhauer’s theory that «love is only the species will for survival». The piece played with the idea that love is a cultural construction. I have always been intrigued by cultural constructions and how we (as humans) stifle and mute primal impulses so that we don’t lose our social dignity. I love that friction between the visceral and the social. It’s gloriously absurd.

Looking back, what do you remember about the experience? What did you take away?

The experience of presenting my first works was super scary, but also extremely exciting, enjoyable and pleasurable! I still feel the same today. I am not physically on stage anymore, yet I am fully there; visible, vulnerable and completely naked. I am holding on to the audience’s breath, the sounds they make, and whether they stay or leave!! Resolution was the opportunity to taste making work in a professional context; to experiment with an idea, a format, to materialize and embody them, to produce and lead a project. A great warm up for the future! Even more with «love me tender», I began to clearly understand what it was I was interested in, both physically and conceptually. Then, I became more articulated, more specific in my work. And that understanding keeps growing projects after projects.

What happened next? Where are you now in your career? Did any of the partnerships formed at Resolution last throughout your career?

«love me tender» toured across Europe (Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, France), and is still touring: we are performing in July 2021, in France. All the partnerships formed at Resolution kept growing year after year, whether they were creative collaborations or support from venues. Resolution set up a seed on many levels! Since then, I created 2 full-length pieces, «TOYS» and «The Ephemeral life of an octopus». I did not see this career path coming to me. I thought I could never live without the adrenaline rush of being on stage… to me, this was the ultimate experience. Little did I know I would enjoy making work drastically more. I love the magic that happens in the studio, and even more, the impalpable magic that happens in the theatre when souls and eyes are wide open.

What would you wish us, or all the young makers/dancers/writers/designers for the future?

I hope The Place will keep inspiring and empowering the future makers, writers, dancers and creatives. Allow them to test, try, create and share work in the vitally safe and professional environment that you created. To all the makers, may the future keep bringing you and the audience, you and other artists, together; around dance and performances, ideas, concepts and discussions. May you disagree, debate and fall in love every time the lights go down!

 

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