A Body Populated is a work in progress performance with small ceramic objects by choreographer Emma Lewis-Jones. The work addresses the insights of life in lockdown given by 100 women in the artist’s immediate community in Nottingham.

Emma has conducted (socially distanced) interviews with the women with whom she’s maintained contact during the pandemic. These are people who live on her street, who she’s worked with online, the refugees and asylum seekers and mentees she’s remained close to over many months. She has asked these women what has affected them most during lockdown and, in particular, what they have found to be most pertinent in the media.

As a direct result of Emma’s observations of statistics in the news, she has designed a project that uses small uniform ceramic objects to explain data in clear, choreographic language. The women’s interviews inform the themes in the performance: the ceramics express the data collected in the research and each woman has a presence in the work.

These sculptural forms shall balance on the artist’s body, roll, be re-re-re-configured, explain the stunningly sad truth in simple, visuals; all to the soundtrack of the voices of influence; 100 women.


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