Now my residency at Isabelle Schad’s Wiesenburg Halle is finished (a place with more or less no internet), I can blog a bit of what I’ve been up to in rehearsing Black Metal 1. Firstly, I cloned myself.
This week, I am in Wiesenburg, the workspace hall of my good friend, choreographer Isabelle Schad. She asked if I’d like to have a short residency here while she’s away – yet again – on tour in France and the US. I said, “Yes!” and thought, “Oh dear, what am I going to do?” Well, ideas that have been percolating on and off for a couple of years and bashed out in bedroom rehearsals earlier this year get to run rampant in the huge hall. There are many things here, a kitchen, courtyard, garden that becomes almost a forest, all in a 150 year old former homeless people’s asylum that’s been growing into a said forest for 60 years. One thing there isn’t much of is internet, so I’m slipping this out while it functions: some costume tryouts from today and Monday … “None more black.” (And while we’re talking about music, I discovered one of my favourite mediæval chicks, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was also a prolific composer; I’ve been using her O tu suavissima virga, recorded by Sequentia, and sung by Barbara Thornton.)