Robert Clark – Amstatten

One day we were working at the office (now studio) at Trestle and there was an artist, a dancer and choreographer called Robert Clark, developing a piece in the theatre. He had needed a bit of help with sorting out some video stuff and seemed like a nice guy.

Anyway, we went down to the theatre later on to watch the performance. To be honest we weren’t expecting much – none of us are particularly au fait with contemporary dance. But to say we were pleasantly surprised is an understatement; we were BLOWN AWAY! None of us expected to be so emotionally affected by a dance performance and we spent the next 10 minutes after the performance in a state of shell-shock. The piece was titled Amstatten and was related to ideas around imprisonment. It featured as a central performer the otherworldly beauty of dancer Louise Tanoto and the stark lighting design of Guy Hoare.

Following the performance we started talking to Robert with a view to future collaboration and later on Matt and I met up with Robert near the South Bank – ostensibly to talk about ways in which we might collaborate but ending with us getting breezily drunk and missing our train home.

We are due to meet with Robert again soon for further discussion so watch this space…

In the meantime though you can check out Robert’s website here: http://www.robert-clark.org.uk/

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