Published: 28/03/2014 07:17 - Updated: 27/03/2014 17:33

Art out of devastation in Errol's new work

Errol White and Davina Givan
Errol White and Davina Givan

THERE is a personal tragedy behind the current show from dancer and choreographer Errol White, yet IAM is not his story.

First performed two years ago, IAM was created to capture in dance form one of those life-changing moments that we all experience.

Those moments can be devastating or joyful, but the starting point for IAM was a moment of personal loss.

White revealed the inspiration for the piece was the death of his wife and collaborator Davina Givan’s mother, bringing back memories of his own father’s death 15 years earlier.

"When you witness someone else going through the same thing, there is almost a reanalysis of that moment," he said.

"It’s definitely an autobiographical exploration of an idea, but it’s not about us.

"It’s about the dynamics that change a group of people — but it’s not depressing! Physically and choreographically it’s very engaging. It’s pure dance in that it’s body orientated and not relying on sets and simple theatrical narrative to try and tell the story. We are working purely with the vocabulary of the body an looking at how that signature of the body can tell the story."

Although IAM has its roots in a devastating moment, to White life-changing moments of joy or sorrow have a similarly dramatic effect.

Even with the most devastating, he believes, there comes a time when you can look back and find acceptance and even joy.

Which is why the piece dispenses with a traditional timeline, so that the audience is unsure whether they are seeing an event in the past or the future.

"You can be 10 years down the line and all of a sudden a word or an object brings you back to that moment, even though you have changed dramatically," he said.

Errol White Company - IAM - Selected Clips from Errol White Company on Vimeo.

• Errol White’s IAM is at the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit, on Monday  31st March and the Sunart Centre, Strontian, on Wednesday 2nd April.

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