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What I do:
performer, dancer, teacher, researcher
A little more about me:
I have a background as a visual artist and public artist alongside a training in groupwork and community development.
I discovered site specific, multidisciplinary and collaborative performance making in 1995 and have been engaged with this in variety of forms since then, as performer, director and choreographer of my own work and that of others (for example: Ghostnets II, Kneehigh; The Last Supper, Centre for Performance Research; Embrace, an immodest green, De Quincey Company ). Over the years I came to specialise in two performance training and making practices: BodyWeather and the work of Goat Island Performance Group, which inform my teaching (in Universities and workshops) and making. Since 2006 I have been more engaged with teaching, researching and writing and have recently begun to develop some new ideas for performances. I am particularly interested now in the ‘performance as workshop’ and the involvement of the audience as participants in experiences that shift their awareness and perception of their environment and others (a ‘synaesethetic laboratory’ perhaps). Integral questions that inform my work: How do we 'perform' new models of community? How does experimental and sometimes radical and resistant artistic practice contribute to this?
I teach a systemic healing and ecstatic dance practice a called Movement Medicine I'm also a bit of a musician (I have taken this role in a number of performances) and closet DJ.
Location:
Mountain Ash
Projects I’m working on:
A couple of new performance collaborations - very early stages, currently named '7 preparations' and 'the taste of a breaking wave' and returning to material from a couple of old ones 'the still point of a turning world' and 're-member 3'.
A solo performance 'home landing' made in collaboration with film maker Inga Burrows, exploring national identity, belonging and a contemporary folk dance in the kitchen
Developing a series of workshops in Wales and Europe exploring the intersections between bodies and environments entitled 'hinterlands'.
PhD: 'Performing the art of community. Community as the art of performance.'
Personal Website/CV:
http://www.ailsarichardson.com

Ailsa Richardson's Blog

some fragments from a scratch performance of 'five broken cameras, in the language of grasses' devised on summercamp 14

In the second week of NTWSummercamp 2014 I became faced with the question of how to make work in such a beautiful, secluded and peaceful place, whilst keeping a consciousness of the news coming in of heightening conflicts elsewhere in the world. I took the further question of 'how to respond' on a repeated walk through the landscape. From this dialogue with the landscape I devised actions, shot video diaries and wrote texts, and these were pieced together with memories from the film 'five…

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Posted on August 20, 2014 at 16:30

blurring edges and touching worlds, a letter to summercampers 14

I posted this letter on the Summercampers 14 facebook page a while ago but was asked to share it here too, so here it is (and the photo is I think by Josh Alan Trask and video installed at 'the jetty' by Jac Ifan Moore, Jack Furness, Dom Farelli) :

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Posted on August 20, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

workshop/retreat in west wales: hinterlands 3 - deadline this Sunday!

I am running this workshop for artists, performers, researchers, writers in rural West Wales, exploring the relationships between bodies and environments and facilitating a collaborative context for creating independent works:

hinterlands 3

creative investigations of bodies and environments…

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Posted on August 7, 2014 at 19:26

dear summer campers

hi summercampers!

I just made you a lovely little video in my greenhouse in Mountain Ash but can't upload in the way I hoped so I'm letting that go right now and instead leaving the handwritten questions (posed by Simon) that I pegged up to the roof, a tomato plant and a bucket and spade to continue to percolate over the coming weeks!:

who you are and where you are coming from?

precious things/people/places you'll leave behind?

and…

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 15:10

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At 16:26 on August 8, 2014, Laura Fay Thomas said…

Hi Ailsa,

How was Summercamp?

Welcome to the TEAM group, great to have a new member on board! Keep a look out as we are always posting new opportunities and events! You can also access our Facebook page via the TEAM community page.

If you have anything you'd like to ask please don't hesitate in contacting myself via community or team@nationaltheatrewales.org

x

At 18:28 on March 16, 2014, Nerea Martinez de Lecea said…
At 16:34 on February 28, 2014, Catherine Dyson said…

Hi Ailsa

It was really nice to meet you yesterday at the sharing in Treorchy. Thanks for your feedback, your thoughts were very thought provoking and helpful.   Catherine

At 20:41 on February 25, 2014, National Theatre Wales said…

Hi Alisa, just picked up your message on my comment wall - I've sent you a friend invite so you can message me directly.  John

At 21:56 on February 17, 2014, Alex Louise Murdoch said…

Hey Ailsa!

Lovely to hear from you.

Hope you're well - was a while back when I saw you in Bristol - are you still there?

Axx

 
 
 

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