Poet Katrina Naomi and dancer/choreographer Kyra Norman have begun a collaboration. At their first exploratory session this week, in a huge dance space, Kyra and Katrina switched between art forms, both writing and both dancing.
‘I’m really excited to be working with Kyra. And it’s really liberating to be switching art form, while staying true to poetry. I like to take risks in collaborations. I’ve always danced, every since I was three years old. Kyra’s a fantastic dancer, and I love her approach to dance. I don’t know where our collaboration will lead but I’m open to seeing where it takes us – maybe a production, maybe a film, maybe a book, maybe somewhere else – but wherever we go, I know I’m going to enjoy it.’
‘I’m really looking forward to immersing ourselves in moving and in words. I met Katrina’s poems quite a while before I met her, and I really enjoy – and am moved by – her words, so I’m excited to have this opportunity to collaborate. In my own work, I’m always fascinated by how words and images surface in the mind when we move, and what we might do with those thoughts. From our initial conversations I can already sense an opening up of rich possibility: a shared curiosity and commitment to process, and to letting things surface through doing. ‘
The pair danced and wrote together in Newlyn, Cornwall. More exploratory sessions are planned.