We have made this to mark a time in history. In this 6-part documentary you will get to learn about Instigate Unknown, but also better understand the practices, and elements of our lives as artists, that we have been able to identify and appreciate.
We held auditions in March and then went straight into lockdown. Everything we have built and everything that we know about our new company is from the comfort and discomfort of our own homes.
The first four parts of Building in Isolation will be released between 2nd and 5th September, one released each day on Instagram and our YouTube channel. The final two episodes will be released on Monday 7th and 14th September.
Instigate Unknown is a London based dance company that draws on both hip-hop and contemporary dance forms, with a great interest in creating work with props.
Formed in 2014 by Cherilyn Albert, the company held auditions earlier this year to form a company of new dancers. All members are trained in a multitude of contemporary and hip-hop styles.
We enjoy dissecting and amplifying themes which may appear mundane to everyday life. We often work closely with uncommon vocabulary and explore work conceived through choreographic challenges.
Or read a bit more about each episode below.
This episode is presented by Artistic Director Cherilyn Albert. Cherilyn speaks on the technical difficulties faced by the company and the unexpected positives that have come out of training remotely.
"Technical difficulties that have arisen are kind of new to all of us. We're all in the same boat. And I really feel like, you know, we've been able to laugh about it and just help each other out because of the lag... you're seeing things come together on the screen that wouldn't have come together, if we'd have actually been in synchronization." - Clea
"Sometimes... it's your device that's going a bit wrong. You do, you just kind of stay quiet and wait it out and things usually fall back in sync after a while. It's hard to train online and we do get the sense that we want... you know, as less disruptions as possible." - Cherilyn
"There's been a rehearsal where Marta was injured... a rehearsal where I wasn't feeling well. And that's a delay I guess, 'cause it prevents stuff from happening or slows things down. But arguably, neither of us would have made it into rehearsals... if it wasn't remotely." – Cherilyn
This episode is presented by Company Member Marta Valverde. Marta speaks personally on how she's had to battle with both the concepts of hope and trust as a dance artist in lockdown.
"I live with Marta, we're sisters, it’s great to have … like we have that trust and we get along and it's been great to have someone you can train with and you can try things with and sometimes to be pushed...or push them." - Leah
"You feel like you've achieved something while you're exploring and then you film it and you watch it’s like, what is that? When you look at it, it doesn't look like anything." - Marta
"One of the main things I've learned … is to have patience, to have patience with myself and to have patience with the prop. And that's how you start building trust, like come the day after a great practice or a frustrating practice. And you're able to see a whole new set of options."- Marta
This episode is presented by Company Member Clea Godsill. Clea speaks on her experience of the term 'Sitting In the Pocket' and how it has been prominent in these last few months training online.
"Everything you needed was already there in the music and you just had to put that into your body."- Clea
"And I really liked working with the jacket because for me as a prop, it means playfulness. It means confidence. And when I'm choreographing, I really like to have a character and a story to work with." - Clea
"Sitting in the pocket has been a really great practice for training musicality. And I really like how it encourages presence and enjoyment of music and movement just to see where it takes you." – Beth
This episode is presented by Company Member Kyra Mills. Kyra talks about the different ways in which she has experienced taking risk and how it has both benefited and affected her time training in lockdown.
"You really don't need to have tons of space and the perfect setting. You can always be working you can always be creating. I've just learned to make the best of the situation, which is what I think everyone had to do in lockdown.”- Beth