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Jo Lloyd

What makes artistic collaboration work?

Respect for each other’s artistic processes, compatible interests and communicating with clarity makes collaboration function well. In terms of artistic collaborations working, I think there are two aspects; the process and the work that is created. Often, fantastic work emerges from challenging rehearsal processes, but with collaboration, compromise is often involved, and this can be healthy in terms of developing creatively. I think it is very generous for a collaborator to provoke another collaborator, so they ask more of themselves and their work becomes richer because of it. I am thankful for experiences I have had with collaborations where I have had to work through conflicting ideas and methodologies, it brings new perspectives, it is valuable as an artist, I welcome this. If each artist involved can bring its expertise and integrity, then you hope that good work can surface, and this is what we strive for.

How important is the context, in which your work is performed, to you?

Context is of great importance, it always has an impact and I consider it both consciously and non-consciously. It can have both a valuable and negative impact on work, and with dance often it is about considering very practical aspects. You can take context into consideration, but through doing you find out, and until a performance occurs you can’t anticipate or consider all that context will bring to the work, after all the audience is variable and contributes to context.

Is art science? Why (not)?

I am not an expert when it comes to science, but I grew up with scientific influences and I have an appreciation for what can be articulated through science. I find it a pleasure to observe correlations between dance and science. The complexities of the body and possibilities with choreography continue to be observed and surveyed and more and more I read about what is at play, which can be extremely satisfying, and at the same time obvious. Art is many things and science is at play in choreography.


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