2020 Vision #3: Becky Edmunds

Becky Edmunds is an independent artist whose practice has spanned dance, live art and moving image disciplines.  

Becky Edmunds

Becky has a choreographic moving image practice and she creates films in which the rhythm, pattern and dynamic flow of movement are combined with a documentary practice to produce works that are a hybrid of the observed and the constructed.

She is currently fascinated by the stories, objects, photographs and films that are made by so called ‘ordinary’ people, and works to reinvest these often forgotten or abandoned stories with new life. Working in close collaboration with sound designer Scott Smith, she is currently making a web series based on a collection of diaries that were found in a pile of rubbish - find out more here.

 

Becky Edmunds' Pick for 2020 Vision

ṣawari
By Stephanie Camille

Stephanie Camille says: "This film explores the personal disconnections that arise from a lack of connection to cultural identity and the role this disconnection plays in the mind and body, from transgenerational trauma to present-day lived-in experiences. This film became an extension of a performance I created from a research inquiry that focused on a restorative process through storytelling, confronting the past and making peace in the present. This screen dance is a response to this confrontation and restoration through movement and moving images." 

Becky Edmunds says: "In recent years I have been working with archive materials, and I have become fascinated with the ways that artists can metaphorically blow the dust off the evidence of past human life, and reinvigorate the archive with new meaning.

“In her film, ṣawari, Stephanie Camille interlocks contemporary and archive footage to explore her sense of biological home. When I watch this work, I have a sense of two very different times and places gradually moving closer and closer together until they meet – for me, this meeting occurs when a boy in a tree in the West African past looks down, and appears to see a woman dancing in a present day London park. In this moment, I feel time fold.”

“One may be alone or far from their ancestral home, but it still lives within our bodies.” Stephanie Camille

 

2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.

 

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