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    it and will always be worth it to work with Glen in performance For me he stands for all those people who struggle to do the every day things that people with unaided mobility motor control and access to clear speech take for granted More than this though Glen s humour and enthusiasm and desire to connect with others is what makes him Glen not the wheelchair or the impaired movement or the help needed in eating washing and toileting Glen is potential great potential often unrealized due to the mainly cursory nature of most social interaction To interact with Glen needs time and commitment My experience is that it is worth it Performance gives a little opportunity to interact with Glen on a very limited and often problematic basis but an interaction nonetheless Performance is the showy aspect of Different Light but the ongoing process of developing interaction which is much longer than the forty five minutes or so of Still Lives is the real basis of the work On trips like this the hidden labour that Brecht talked about has been done by Stuart and Kim and by Greta who did so much to get us funding and Paul who after the earthquakes opened up ways of working with the larger group which are developmental and educational rather than my work which is far too often driven by the imperative to rush to public performance Paul is really interested in what the performers of Different Light consider performance to be A really provocative and fundamental question He also initiated a lot of the work in trying to allow Glen different ways to access voice in performance To give one example Paul did some theatre exercises with Glen Ben and Isaac where one person was blindfolded and another had to guide them around obstacles using simple instructions such as Right Left Forward Backward From this came the kind of motif of UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT IN OUT originally describing the movement potential of Glen s chair which recur throughout the newly expanded version of Still Lives Ben s attention goes IN and OUT Isaac goes IN and OUT to McDonalds as a part time worker In post quake Christchurch rents prices and unemployment are going UP the NZ government is getting more bullying and psychotic and moving to the RIGHT and so on IN and OUT also of course refers to the inclusion exclusion of people with disabilities which is complicated as often by seeking to include we merely uncover different levels of exclusion I had a day and a night in Dublin in all its ramshackle elegance and then caught St Kevin s bus out to Laragh Sometimes what you go out to meet is what has been inside you all along I went to grab something to eat at the the Wicklow Heather Inside the restaurant there is an Irish Writers Function room with glass cases containing first editions of Ulysses Dracula and other works by Irish

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    Crosby sings I don t stand a ghost of a chance with you When Tony arrived back from the conference we spent about an hour making changes and looked at some scenes Glen Isaac and Ben were given some much needed time to rest in the afternoon and then after a bite to eat we reconvened for the dress rehearsal It was a late show we didn t open until 9pm but with amazing help from the venue technician Andy who had stayed up late on Wednesday night building raked seating for us we were as ready as we could be Ben interrupts and questions Ben After the show we had some very positive feedback and the audience stayed to ask the performers some questions about themselves and the process of creating and staging the show Handshakes hongi email addresses and Facebook friends added we left for our beds on a high a very very tired high Kim Glen Isaac and Ben answer questions after the show 6 Comments Opening Night 28 06 2012 2 Comments After many months of preparation we are finally ready to open tonight There are so many people that deserve our heartfelt thanks for helping to make this possible I remember about a year ago sitting having a coffee with Tony and having the first conversation about the possibility of Different Light performing in the Ludus festival It seemed so distant to take a show to the other side of the world and with all the changes around us how could any of us know what we would be doing a year from that point Christchurch has undergone such a devastating transformation so much destruction and loss there is a toll to being a resident of a city that can not stay still we all carry with us an uncertainty a possibility of upheaval at any moment and it has been from this that we have created this performance Since that coffee and conversation there have been a further 2600 earthquakes 10500 since the September event there has been little in the way of re development and even now most of the city centre is still closed the infamous Red zone An empty broken Christchurch projected in the background The last two days have been all about the final push to create a space for Glen Ben and Isaac to tell their stories but it really is not the technology or the space that is important We are all just about to head over to the venue warm up and realize a years worth of planning and work Best seat in the house my home for the next three days 2 Comments Pfft chh Pfft chh 26 06 2012 7 Comments Ben Glen and Isaac prepare for a rehearsal Tony arrived from Denver SDS last night having connected via Chicago and Manchester Unfortunately his suitcase did not arrive with him having somehow ended up on another flight We caught up on news the progress of the show and made plans to make a plan This morning after breakfast at the Refectory we took advantage of the sunshine and quite literally warmed up outside Once everyone was ready we took over part of the large reception area moved the table tennis tables to one side and rehearsed the show with a transient audience one concerned person stopped to ask what we were doing as they said it looked full on The campus buildings are decorated with intricate stonework We ran through the show and then individual scenes that needed work right up until lunch time Tony hadn t seen the city centre yet so we decided to head into town to get some lunch We wondered through Leeds Kirkgate indoor market a magnificent building completed in 1857 and the largest indoor market in Europe The idea of the indoor market is to protect traders and shoppers from the weather year round as we have discovered summer is no guarantee of good weather in the north of England Entering the market is a little like stepping back in time decorative wrought ironwork a domed high ceiling and an uneven flagstone floor along with small stalls selling old fashioned sweets Dragons support a walkway in the Kirkgate market One of the most apparent differences between England and New Zealand is the number of people Everywhere we go there are hundreds if not thousands of people all around us This makes navigating paths shops or markets very slow especially so for Glen who has to constantly weave through crowds who don t see him at first because in his chair his default position is below average head hight and he is blocked from view by all the bodies of the crowd To put this in context there are 62 million people in the UK inhabiting a land mass 23 860 km smaller than New Zealand which in contrast has a population of 4 3 million people Sometimes the spaces between buildings are the most interesting When we first entered the town I thought there must have been an event that was drawing exceptional crowds but to my surprise Elvis had not returned from the dead to walk amongst us once again this was just a normal Tuesday with people everywhere milling around shopping eating drinking and wearing the strangest clothes My conclusion about the current state of fashion in the UK is that there are two basic looks people are wearing 1 People seem to be stealing their grandmothers cushions removing the stuffing and sewing them together by hand to form crude shapes that do not resemble the human form and therefore are very poorly fitting these strange constructions are then worn over the top of tightly fitting undergarments that look like thermals but which obviously are of no practical value 2 The second style that seems to be popular is worn by a group of people who have been kept in absolute isolation from society since birth and only exposed to the show Jersey Shore It is from this that they have developed their entire understanding of appropriate dress and social interaction There does also seem to be some hybridization of the two looks into something that resembles cushions at the beach with elbow patches Glen inspects a fountain inside the Cross Arcade Tony had spotted a Cornish Pasty shop on our way and was keen to sample their pies We sat out at some tables in the pedestrianized area enjoying the warm day and ate our lunches while we watched thousands of people pass by In the town there had been a busker doing human beat box with a mic and PA which all of us had thought was pretty cool when we first walked by However as we sat within earshot of this for forty minutes it became decreasingly cool until one by one each one of our conversations started to revolve around getting away from the area as fast as possible To be fair it was an impressive feat of endurance on both his part and ours I m sure that he continued on long after we left Glen gave the guy some change and we made our way back to the university to continue our work on the show The subterranean pub at the student union We finally made the plan we had planned to make and had dinner at the student union pub two floors underground Of course no visit to a pub would be complete without a game of pool and I managed to sink two of the other teams balls into two separate pockets with a single shot Nothing pulls a team together like witnessing spectacular failure and so we decided to call it a night and head back to our rooms Tomorrow night I pack in our show and Thursday is opening night lets hope my technical skills are better than my pool Glen and Tony eye up a shot 7 Comments Who 25 06 2012 1 Comment Free re fills unlimited caffeine After getting everybody up and organized which takes longer than you might imagine we set off to have breakfast at the University Refectory This is the dinning hall for the students which also doubles as a music venue in the evenings since the late 60 s it has played host to bands like Led Zeppelin Bob Marley Rolling Stones and The Who Of course the buildings varied music heritage was not our reason to visit we were there for a substantial breakfast which was truly excellent Ben managed to consume about a third of his body weight in muesli and Isaac disappeared to the toilet only to return twenty minutes later wearing a new jacket Suitably fed and clothed we set off to find that we were just in time for the first session with Salamander Tandem Glen watches a mirrored image of himself We were warmly welcomed and told to make ourselves comfortable there is a wealth of interesting large scale technology surrounding the space but also a sense of the intimate some larger than life domestic paper lanterns glowing colourfully by the entrance and carefully controlled lighting gave the feeling of entering someones home We were surrounded by projected images live camera feeds some delayed and effected and some visual representations of the sound created within the room The members of Salamander Tandem start moving amongst the audience and it quickly becomes apparent that this is a collaborative performance where the traditional roles of performer and audience do not apply Sound is captured live processed and looped and fed back into the space this becomes a musical soundtrack which included the squeaking of the floor words spoken into a mic and sound created by the movement of bodies The whole experience was surprisingly fluid everything felt easy and relaxed power shifted amongst the performers one person would lead the movement and then another wordlessly people interacted allowing themselves to be moved by the flowing soundtrack or directly by other participants Bens movement is controlled At a certain point a box marked conkers the seeds of the horse chesnut tree appeared and the seeds slowly introduced into the movement Participants selected a conker and began to rub it on another person until everyone was simultaneously rubbing and being rubbed To use the seeds in gentle tactile exploration was interesting as they are usually associated with the competitive and destructive childhood game After this everyone was lead out of the space and this marked the end I couldn t tell you how long we were in the room for but as we talked about the experience afterwards we all agreed that it was energizing and uplifting It was a great way to begin our day Conkers used to connect the participants We further explored the university campus and student union buildings but ultimately we are here in Leeds for the serious business of staging a performance and preparation for this is what was to dominate our afternoon We rehearsed discussed ran scenes and discussed them some more The lighter side of life at the Student Union After a few hours of work Ben Glen and Isaac went to work individually and Kim and I decided to go and source supplies including whatever we would need for dinner On the way we came across Granary Wharf a set of tunnels built underneath the train station which spans the river Aire 18 million bricks were used in its construction which set new records at the time c 1866 As you walk down the tunnel secondary tunnels carrying the fast flowing river stretch to your right the dark water rushing by underneath you It s a strange place at the end you exit into an old canal basin which has been recently developed with a hotel and apartments a stark contrast to the dark damp smelling tunnel from which you emerge Tomorrow we have plans for a morning rehearsal that is of course after breakfast at the refectory who knows what else the day may bring Like a living scene from a David Lynch movie 1 Comment Sunday and Lazy 24 06 2012 2 Comments Sunday The weather has finally broken and there have been some patches of blue sky and intermittent sunshine We took the opportunity to head into town to the Art Gallery on the way we found a church with a black spire a bright red Royal Mail post box old street signs a poster for the Ludus festival an angel and for a brief moment Isaac danced with a shadow When we arrived at the gallery we found a Victorian tiled hall This was originally a reading room in the library but during the 1950 s the tiles were covered with shelves and a false ceiling thankfully they restored the room in 2007 to its original state and it now serves as a cafe Intricate patterns cover the walls in the Tiled Hall After spending an hour or so looking around the gallery we decided to get some refreshments before heading upstairs to see the rest of the artworks It was a good excuse to spend a little time in the old reading room and better observe our strange ceramic environment The tiles in the ceiling of the room are interspersed with golden bosses which have holes in their centers that form part of the victorian heating system which is still working today More bath house than library the effect of the tiles is certainly striking On offer was Dandelion and Burdock apparently consumed in the British Isles since 1265 and originally a type of light mead This is a fermented botanical drink which if you are not familiar with has an unusual flavor sweetly herbal with a little aniseed Different to but not completely unlike sarsaparilla On the way into town Ben had requested that we find a Post shop Post Office in the UK so that he could send the copious quantities of post cards that he has been writing in every available minute since we arrived Unfortunately we didn t make it to a PO as by the time we left the gallery everyone was getting hungry and on the way back through town we spotted a mexican restaurant called BARBURRITO we decided that it would be a good place to stop and get dinner The pack on Ben s back contains nothing but postcards The UK is hosting the Olympics and there are little flags everywhere It s impossible to miss the branding placed in shop windows on products and buildings all over the city One of the results of this is that there is a lot of colour everywhere and although I don t usually like this kind of blanket marketing some of what has been done is actually pretty cheerful the rainbows of material look a little like the prayer flags found adorning mountains in Tibet and Nepal Olympic blessings We returned to our accommodation to work through a lines run for the show We also met the team from Salamander Tandem who are performing as part of the Ludus festival and with whom we are sharing a venue They had spent the day packing in their equipment and were really friendly inviting us to visit them in the space tomorrow We are all looking forward to seeing the other performances and events in the festival and hopefully meeting more of the artists Todays last picture is from the tiled hall a bust of Dante watching over the readers I wonder what he would make of Kindle 2 Comments Rain and recovery 22 06 2012 1 Comment dude Today was a day to rest and recover Kim Isaac and Ben joined Glen and I at the Leeds University accommodation and caught up on stories and jokes while we discussed what to do It turned out that we had all woken up at about 4 30am wide awake and ready to get up some of us did get up and some just couldn t sleep we all need our body clocks to adjust to GMT which I think they will do in stages hopefully tonight we don t wake up until at least 6 30am and so on until we are fully acclimatized to this time zone then it will be back home and the whole process will start again The Corn Exchange in Leeds Boutique shops in a building shaped like a rugby ball It was an open day for Leeds University so the campus was busy with prospective students and their parents looking around and getting lost amongst the buildings of the extensive campus which happened to be exactly what we were doing Isaac Glen and Ben found a shop in the Student Union building and came back with Union Jack umbrellas to ward off the rain and some ramen noodles Kim and I took a trip to grab some basic supplies and came across some wonderful buildings one of which was the Corn Exchange We didn t have long to stop and look in all the stores but there seemed to be a fascinating collection of boutique shops all around the outside edge on two stories each store just a single room large enough for a couple of people at a time and packed with handmade and vintage clothing curios oddities and a tattoo parlor with a distinguished skeleton as a doorman A cravat and cuffs are the essentials of a gentleman s attire Below ground level was another ring of outlets selling food and coffees we didn t stay long as we had made a list and stopping here wasn t on it I m not sure that the lower section was part of the original victorian design but the circular hole in the floor was eye catching and inviting however when one of your friends is in a wheelchair you start to see flights of stairs

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    SOMETHING BIG Add Comment GIRLZ 03 06 2012 0 Comments I SOO WI H I HAD MY BEDROOM FLA HED JAZZED uP EXACTLY AS AN ILLUMINATED STAGE WITH FLASHY LIGHTS CRAZY SWIRLING SCENERY LARGE COLORED MIRRORBALL SQUARES ECCENTRIC PARTY GIRLZ Add Comment Royalty 03 06 2012 0 Comments I HAVE SUCH A JASON ROYAL LAUGH THAT EVEN WHEN I WENT TO HAVE A DIFFERENT LIGHT INTERVIEW IN 92 MORE FM OFFICE IN VICTORIA ST IN 2OO4 JASON ROYAL SAID HIMSELF THAT HE D WANT ME TO BE HIM ANY RADIO OFFERS WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED Add Comment EQ 02 27 2012 0 Comments THIS WEDNESDAY WILL MARK THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF 22 2 2011 WHEN EARTHS DESTRUCTION CAME TO CHRISTCHURCH 12 51PM WHERE FRIENDS FAMILIES WILL COME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THEIR LOVED ONES ALSO TO HONOUR THE HEROES THAT PULLED PEOPLE FROM THE WREKAGE THE SIGNIFICANT BUILDINGS CTV PGC KIA KAHA CHRISTCHURCH KIA KAHA Add Comment Cloud 02 27 2012 0 Comments IZ STARTING TO WONDER IF I HAVE ANYTHING WRITTEN ON MY FACE I CANT SEE IT FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT KOZ PPL BEING FRIENDLY TO ME THE FACT I HAVE BRIGHTLY MULTICOLOURED MAMBO SHORTZ ON WHICH MAKEZ

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