By Lyne Pringle
I put forward a proposal to use the magnificent site of the Pah Homestead and surrounds as a movement research laboratory. Monte Cecilia Park features outstanding established grounds with notable trees, architecture and cultural history.
Quite surprisingly the decision makers took the bait so I was able to commune with the 53 significant trees of the park by spending a day with each tree, 3 months of taking ‘tree hugging’ to a whole new level and beginning to distil movement sequences that evoke the spirit of these native and exotic species into a choreographic language reminiscent of Druidic ritual
My ongoing Lung Tree project alludes to wider global issues in a continuing quest to develop environmentally and community focused dance to support the Bipeds Productions manifesto – all about the footprint. I envisage this developmental phase for choreographic material feeding into a new full length work which will preview in 2014.
In 2012 Lyne Pringle was the first dance artist to take up the Wallace ArtsTrust/Otago University Pah Homestead Residency which is offered to Otago University Fellows.
Read the full article(Iss. 32)Lung Tree