Week 2, with Eddie Redmayne (only kidding)

This week we had the brilliant Dan Watson come to work with us. We talked a lot about Eddie Redmayne (Dan’s worked with him, Gemma would like to…), did some improvising using touch, sang our karaoke song to Dan (Gemma made sure he didn’t join in with us) and talked about Gemma’s fear of performing on stage. Gemma’s openness to everything that’s suggested keeps surprising me.

Gemma and Kiki improv from Katherine Hollinson on Vimeo.

I’m learning a lot about the other people in Gemma’s life, particularly the taxi drivers that drive us to and from the theatre. Gemma’s been using the same firm for 10 years now so some of the drivers have know her for a long time. I’d never really thought about all of the people in Gemma’s wider circle that she interacts with on a daily basis.  She talks about her carers a lot and I’ve met most of them at her bungalow but I hadn’t realised that there were more people that Gemma knows so well and who know so much about her life and family.

Let’s see what week 3 holds in store for us!

Sisters – week one

This week I started working on a new project with my sister Gemma. It’s the first time that she’s done research for an artistic project and the first time that she’s been in a dance studio. I’ve been doing these things for quite a while now.

It’s also the first time that we’ve done anything like this together.

I asked Hannah Buckley to join us for the first day mainly because I think she’s great, but also because she works with her sister and she has experience of working with non-professional dancers. I also thought it would probably work out better if someone else was proposing things for us to do to begin with.

We did lots of dancing and particularly enjoyed dancing like our family members. See if you can guess who this one is…

Head jiggle from Katherine Hollinson on Vimeo.