DANSOX hosted a two-day interdisciplinary workshop to create a new ballet with writer Marina Warner, choreographer Kim Brandstrup, pianist and composer Joanna MacGregor, and professional dancers.
The title of the ballet 'Rawaa' comes from Arabic - the root for words meaning 'to water' and 'to relate' and this provided the dominant metaphorical motif of the ballet's mood and movement. Affinities emerged between poetic metre, musical pulse, and water management (water wheels, aqueducts) in Arab culture. The ballet offered a counterpoise to the orientalism of Scheherazade, exploring the inner lives and drives of legendary women performers from the Middle East who have attained mythic status.
The artists collaborated on the ballet in a series of workshops held in the Jacqueline du Pre Building over the course of two days from 12-14 November. The public were given an unique opportunity to watch the process developing through the artists' collaboration. During the two-day workshop, there were opportunities for the public to 'drop in' to view the artists at work. On Tuesday 14 November at 5.30pm there was a public 'showing' of the ballet workshop.