After four weeks of experimental work, Cai reflects on the evolution of the project, previous expectations and the things he is learning from the artists.
Far from reaching a final conclusion, the Welsh choreographer is learning how to manage time from a different perspective while waiting for, observing and supporting new ways to create art.
Interview with Cai Tomos
1. How has the project developed over the last two sessions?
-My sense is that each week things deepen. Things become more understood not just through language but through the relationships. Work has deepened with Debajo del Sombrero and there have been new participants, like Mario, this week so we’re still developing conversations and dialogues with the artists, both established artists after 3 weeks works like Andrés, Belén and Itziar and new artists.
Themes are becoming clearer but each week is an entity in itself. I try not to think what’s going to happen. Its important to let each week have its own feel, and try not to assume anything. Each week keep having a sense of “I don’t know what might happen” and I value that uncertainty is vital, for any creative process. They’re teaching me how to see, how to look at their creative process, how to feel into what's happening, and how to trust that everything is the work, the way we walk over to the space and walk back, everything is included in the creative process.
2. Can you describe some of the concrete projects they’re working on?
-Themes are emerging in their work. Like my walks with Andrés. Some artist are developing costume ideas that are tied in thematically to what emerging, so I invited Lily Hartman, an artist who lives in Madrid and is related to costume, to come and have a conversation around costumes…. so these conversations are all about expanding and supporting whats emerging.