In This Place explores the themes of identity, journeying, narrative voice (who gets to tell our stories) and reflects both the time and place it was created within. The digital landscape became our creative meeting point, the Zoom room our rehearsal studio and the desktop our stage.
Streetwise Opera and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance came together from January to May 2021 for a digital project that explored how singing and movement come together on stage to create more powerful and expressive opera.
This project involved creative sessions on Zoom and live-streams on Facebook and YouTube, and culminated in the co-creation of a short video featuring singing and movement solos by Streetwise Opera performers and music and dance students from Trinity Laban.
With sessions led by movement director Jack Thomson and vocal leader Aga Serugo-Lugo, this project up-skilled Streetwise Opera performers with a toolkit that enabled them to be creative, curious and experimental through dance, with an emphasis on “dance for screen”.
The project, focused on the intersection between Eastern and Western cultures, takes inspiration from Chapter 6 of Streetwise Opera’s first-ever digital mini-opera The Deer: A Story in 8 Chapters, which was composed by Jessie Maryon Davies.
Streetwise Opera performers: