Southbank with Julia Cheng, and the virtues of mole-rats...

Julia Cheng

Julia Cheng

I'm happy to announce (finally) Southbank's double bill of Julia Cheng's and my work for China Changing Festival, Oct 7th!

Big thanks to Arts Council England for their ongoing support!

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It's been a long slog, and it's teaching me how unspecial and talentless a snowflake I am.  It's teaching me to appreciate anything that looks like talent as that is the sign of years of slogging away. The surreal experience I've been having is standing in front of a stage and telling myself, "One day you're going to be on there with you're own work..." which is definitely a lie.  And worse, it comes out like a line from Step Up (because I have classy taste in movies).  And later I'm standing on these stages, mouthing the words, "It's happening now..." and, "I guess this bunch of misfits can really step up..."

Ok, not that last bit.

I've watched artists out of my league, thinking I'll do something with this person, and down the line it happens, like working for Julia Cheng, who is so fresh, and whose work ethic and leadership of House of Absolute is daily inspiration.

My point is, I feel like I'm blindly digging my way through the dance industry, like the mole-rat blindly digs his way through life: with great purpose and often looking like a ball bag.  The analogy needs work... but it captures the feeling.

A big influence and mentor, John Berkavitch (above - performing 'Wrong'

A big influence and mentor, John Berkavitch (above - performing 'Wrong'

I'm doing a 30 min showcase of Ink at the Southbank Centre, 7th October, 5:00pm.

The full feature of Ink will be premiered at Curve Oct 20th.

So, listen, me, "One day you will do the Barbican, and something with Bjork. And you will become a worthy mentor for others as you're mentored now."

The Bjork thing definitely seems like a lie, but if I keep channeling the mole-rat... maybe, just maybe...

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Si Rawlinson