This is the research blog of dancers Eleanor Sikorski, Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann. As the artistic directors of Nora they curate and perform together, inviting choreographers to make work for them to perform.

As of October 2016, Nora have been undertaking a period of international research into creative processes, alternative dance ‘company’ models and the agency and responsibility that comes with curating and collaborating. They will be publishing videos, interviews, text and images. This research will culminate in a series of Nora Talks and a new series of artist commissions in 2017/18.

For information about all of Nora's work and performance dates visit www.noramoves.com

100 influences

100 influences

At the end of January, Eleanor and I performed Eleanor And Flora Music in Bologna as part of Hysterical Furniture, a weekend-long retrospective of the work of Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.

I saw Show and Tell (2007/13) for the first time.

The piece is based on a list that the two of them tasked themselves with writing:

100 influences, not censored.

That have mattered and shaped what you do.

That have some artistic implication.

It's a great exercise. I began writing my list when I couldn't sleep the other night. I was in a dreamily lucid state, which helped.

The recommendation is to do it without hesitation or judgement; it's not about thinking up an idealised list. Everything's in, it's all on a plane. 100 seems like a lot but it's surprising how quickly the list grows once you get going...

 

Image credit: Peter Rapp

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