Watch Paper State short Film, developed with the support of Dance4Camera3, an initiative run by Welsh Independent Dance at Newport International Film School. The soundtrack features on the B side of a new release ‘Into the Dark’ by composer Sion Orgon. The movement explored the […]
In 2016 I began work as a Creative Practitioner, using movement to develop communication with learners at a Special School in Cardiff, as part of the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative School Scheme. For the whole school final sharing event, I filmed, produced and […]
Any Part of You Will Do (Still from trailer, shot by Catherine Gomez) Rachael O ‘Neill’s, Any Part of You Will Do. R & D, plus scratch night at Yorkshire Dance. January/March 2016. www.rachaeloneill.com Blog excerpt: “We’ve just finished a two-week residency at a rural […]
Photo Jorge Lizalde
Failure research and development Arts Council funded project.
When Catriona first invited me to work with her on this, she said ‘I’ve been thinking about this project exploring failure and I thought of you!’. I couldn’t help but see this as a double edged statement and found myself giggling at my thought processes. Failure is so much about our perception of ourselves. We each have our own expectations and measurements for what constitutes success. I beat myself up every day for feeling like a failure. How did she know?!
See Catriona’s blog here.
Best Dance Production 2015, Wales Theatre Awards, Stories From A Crowded Room. With 8 dancers and 2 musicians, the performers take to the stage alongside the audience, in 70 minutes of ‘highly physical dance, with live music, text and encircling film.’ Photos Chris Nash
Screened at the 2015 Wales Dance Platform,at Chapter Arts Centre, 27th June.
Laura’s’mals, starring Laura Moy and her tiny (ani)mals, with music from Siôn Orgon.
‘The ‘mals had been in storage for some time, and were coaxed out of their matchboxes for this film. Why? Because Laura had told me about them and I wanted to meet them. I was sure other people would too.’
Response Time at Ceredigion Museum, 15th February 2016. ‘I could rock myself to sleep’, performance response to Shani Rhys James’ automaton installation, Cassandra’s Rant. The automatons and paintings were bold, vivid and intoxicating. After spending 48 hours with them, the themes of motherhood, childhood, a […]
‘December 19th – 23rd at Four Elms, Cardiff:- Following on from last years A Curious Zoo, Caroline Sabin returns with another Christmas delight. With Benjamin Britten’s Carnival of Carols at its heart and a cast of multi-skilled performers, this promenade performance at the Four Elms, Cardiff promises to be enchanting.’
Cast: Eddie Ladd, Tianyi Lu, Beth Powlesland, Caroline Sabin, Bethan Semmens, Kylie Anne Smith and Lara Ward with new writing and a cameo appearance from the inimitable Jon Gower.
In August 2014, Lara travelled with Earthfall to teach master classes and perform lecture demonstrations of extracts from Chelsea Hotel at the Retrospektywy Festival at Art Inkubator in ?ód?, Poland. Here is an image from one of the rehearsals, to learn Rosalind and Alex’s ‘violent […]
Response Time were invited to Artes Mundi 6 at the National Museum Cardiff in October this year and given 24 hours to respond to the work. Response artists included Naomi Heath, a bi-lingual, inter-disciplinary performance artist who recently exhibited at Moma Wales as part of […]
September 2014 saw a return to the studio for Earthfall’s Research & Development for Stories from a crowded room with a team of 8 dancers and 2 musicians. Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis worked with the company to explore the themes of spacial confinement, sensory, sensuality and spontaneity within explosive and intimate virtuoso dance and interactive narrative.
The final production which goes into rehearsals in Spring 2015 and will tour Spring and Autumn 2015, aims to be an all embracing immersive experience for the audience. Earthfall will embed the audience within the action; the choreography, fully surround film and live music and investigate the blurring of boundaries between spectator and performer with empathy and humour. Through the use of interactive digital technology audiences will be able to interact with the structure, performers and musicians, providing guided stimulus throughout the piece.
The third Blysh Dance commission from Coreo Cymru as part of Wales Millennium Centre’s annual Blysh Festival. This time Javier De Frutos was at the helm, Choreographing a new site piece, ‘The Bomb in my Pacific’ with four Welsh Performers, Lara Ward, Rosalind Brooks, Iain […]
In Spring 2014 Lara undertook two weeks Research and Development as a performer for Ruckus, Kitsch & Sync’s wrestling extravaganza directed by Kylie-Ann Smith. 26 performers – dancers, actresses and two bands – were brought together over two weeks to produce an hour long work in progress for an invited audience.
Serbian Choreographer Alexsandra Jones brought together two pregnant dancers, myself at 6 months and Tanja Råman at 7 months, for a unique performance exploring the impact of pregnancy on women’s creativity. Performances took place at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on 28th & 29th May 2013. […]