Yesterday I finished work officially for 2019. This always comes with a rush of emotions. On one hand relief that I made it through another year and simultaneously that empty feeling of how to fill my days?! I’ve realised that I function much better when following a schedule. I love someone telling me what time to turn up and what to do! When left to my own devices I wander aimlessly and can easily drift a day away without really achieving very much.
So here it is, ten days of freedom, time to recharge, reboot and refresh.
Also a time to reflect on the year gone by. A year of realisation. The realisation that our culture craves young talent and emerging artists. There are articles written by people in the latter years stating how they feel invisible. Often older women rightly stand up and question their currency. Until this year I couldn’t relate to these thoughts. Yes we must always encourage new talent, nurture and aid when ever possible. Surely though there is also value in experience, in years of graft and dedication? I suppose, as with most things in life, it is all about balance.
I have spent most of this year assisted by, among others, the mighty Emily Goodenough. We literally spent six months together creating Witches Of Eastwick in beautiful Sweden and Gypsy in Manchester. I would be lost without her. She, along with all my associates, are my rock, trusted friends and inspirational creative talents. A huge thank you to all who have helped me through those trickier days. Emily, Marianne, Rebecca, George, Ashleigh, Kade, Jaye and Emilia you are all irreplaceable.
Thank you also to all those producers and directors who have trusted me with their projects.
With 2019 coming to a close I am grateful to still be working and creating work that hopefully lifts people out of their day to day issues. I only ever wanted to produce choreography that brightens life. As basic as that sounds. I don’t want to change the world or be political. I simply want to entertain.
Here’s to 2020 – there’s life in the old dog yet!