Trio for a Quartet was commissioned by Horsecross Arts in Perth, Scotland. Simon Fildes was asked to make a work responding to a music composition by Debra Salem thats had been commissioned as part of a programmed celebration of the life and works of choreographer Margaret Morris. Morris (1891 -1980) was a British dancer, choreographer and teacher. She was the first proponent of the Isadora Duncan technique in Great Britain. She founded the Margaret Morris Movement, Celtic Ballet, and two Scottish National Ballets in 1947) and in 1960. Morris philosophy that dance is for everyone resonated with Salem's belief that singing is for everyone. She developed the musical score for four vocalists inspired by Margaret Morris Natural Movement technique. This video dance is created for the first movement of that work. Fildes filmed original choreography created by Vincent Hantam for a live work with 3 dancers from Edinburgh University masters degree course. The aim was to create a joyful work that responds to Salem's music and at the same time references and celebrates the work of Morris and her life partner the Scottish Colourist painter JD Ferguson.
Restaging for Camera
Chin Peng Lucas Kao
Camera and Edit
as part of Movement – Margaret Morris: Archive Alive
Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Goat Media Ltd
Camera: Holger Mohaupt, Cheong Cheong Lai, Neville Kidd, Simon Fildes, Lucas Kao, Katrina McPherson, Jono Smith, Lee Cat Ho, Saskia Anley McCallum.
On screen, choreographing, producing: Ewan Downie, Dana McPherson, Colin McPherson, Marc Brew, Rosalind Masson, Sang Jijia, Huen Tin-yeung, Li Yong Jing, Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Wu Cheng Fang, Gigi Yang, Yang Hao Mekbul, Anne Gael, Ruth Janssen, Rachael O'Neill, Keren Smail and Martyn Garside , Jack Webb, Steve Bates, Anna Krzystek, Kim Tebble Jennifer Ewan, Gin Saw, Karl Jay-Lewin, Simon Ellis, Dave Wheeler, Kirstie Simson, Dickson Dee, Peter Royston Watson, Robbie Synge, Frank McConnell, Raymond Wong, Karin Fisher Potisk, Kate Gowar, Saskia Anley,
Thanks to CCDC, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, STV, Company of Wolves, MCofS, Gleneaon School,Scottish Dance Theatre. John Muir Trust, SNH.
Six Solos - Individual performances or communal expression? we can become more than the just the sum of our parts if we come together.
Six solo dancers walk on to a bare white stage, they start performing carefully choreographed individual dances. The film cuts between their performances, interweaving their dynamics and flow in to a single performance as the shots get faster. Then suddenly we see all the performers together performing their solos as an ensemble. The music builds and the choreography develops as they interact and the film cuts between their solo to a unison performance finale.
Li Yong Jing,
Nguyen Ngoc Anh,
Wu Cheng Fang,
Director: Simon Fildes
Choreographer: Sang Jijia
Composer: Dickson Dee
DOP: Lai Wing-cheong
Set Design: Leecat Ho
Production: Miranda Li
Editor: Simon Fildes
Concept: Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson
Producer: Raymond Wong
Jointly produced by Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and GOAT Media Scotland
Funded by Creative Scotland and CCDC HK
City Contemporary Dance Company is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region