Building intimacy with suffering, beauty and selfhood … coming home
Performed and made by dancer Hayley Matthews and multi-instrumentalist Hej Jones.
In 2010 Hayley came off her bike on Shepherds Bush Road in London, and broke her jaw in 2 places. She felt as if she stood beside herself for many years to come; like her spirit had left. Home Solo was Hayley tracking her way back home to her body, finding her artistry as her only sanctuary in facing a world that seemed to reflect her inner disorientation at every turn.
Not able to inhabit her dancing body to begin with, Hayley wrote poems, these weave in and out of the show in word, in sound, in song and in pathways of string, leading her back inside herself. What she lands on by the end, is her nervous system still moving at great speed, and having to accept this for now. It was hard to relate to others at that time, and until the end, she doesn’t see her fellow artist Hej Jones who seems a distant friend or accomplice until he gets on the drums and meets Hayley at the speed she’s in.
In the making of the show Hayley and Hej dialogued with others on the journey home through a series of workshops: students, people moved to the UK from elsewhere, young people with learning disabilities, other musicians and dancers; you hear their voices also, and Ensemble are grateful to them for their contributions and for expanding the exploration of what it means to go back home to inhabit your body, even if this means we meet suffering, beauty or difficulty.
“We need artists of this calibre making work as engaging and insightful as this.” Pasco-Q Kelvin, Director of the Norwich Arts Centre
“Contemporary dance for our times, a powerful female perspective.” Adrian Bristow, Director Brighton Spiegeltent
“A show for anyone who has ever wanted to get home...” Hayley Matthews
The music is performed on the butone, acoustic guitar and with recorded voice forming the basis of a powerful synthesised drum solo, as well as opening up into full length song written together by Matthews and Jones.
The audience is seated close to the performers in the round in this 45-minute show and can see the grace and the beauty as well as the stumbles and hard work. We hope audiences have space and time to journey with what getting back home is for them, and to be in their own skin, bathed in movement and sound.
Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre, supported by Arts Council England, Dance East and Norfolk County Council
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