Swindon Youth Dance Company performed a piece called Kaigi choreographed by Kerry Nichols as part of the Lift Off Dance Festival which took place on Sunday 24th March at South Hill Park, Bracknell.
Kaigi was created during an intensive weekend with Kerry Nicholls Dance back in November, where the dancers worked creatively with Kerry Nicholls to create a short piece to form part of Swindon Youth Dance Company’s (SYDCo) repertoire.
Kaigi is titled after the Japanese word for ‘meeting’ and represents the intensive weekend of creativity with Kerry. During the weekend intensive Kerry and SYDCo dancers had to work together quickly to learn material, develop phrases and create their own material through tasks. This was a very fast paced creative process and a new way of working for many of the company members. SYDCo members were inspired by Kerry’s way of moving and choreographic approach, which was seen through their engagement of the tasks. The weekend involved dancers learning material from Kerry, being challenged with tasks to adapt, modify and create their own movement material. This was then structured together to form SYDCO’s new piece Kaigi.
Kaigi represents the intensity of the weekend through a series of rapid meetings and departures, it achieves this through the ebb and flow of the dancers in the space, intense group sequences and detailed duets.