Work

*Coming Soon* What The Dickens, Tokyo

What The Dickens is Tokyo’s only regular poetry event, I was given the opportunity to perform two sets here, featuring poetry by Madison Mae Parker. June – July 2016.

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London Biennale in Rome

‘The interlink intertwined themes of London Biennale 2016 will be:
Synchronisation / Syncopation.
Join LBAs (London Biennale Artists) and global art lovers at STUDIO:RA (Director: Raffaella Losapio) in ROME, Italy, on 1 May 2016, at 17:00 hours to celebrate the inauguration of LONDON BIENNALE 2016
and the 10th anniversary of STUDIO.RA’

The London Biennale is a free arts festival founded by artist David Medalla, with Adam Nankervis as international coordinator. I was invited by David to present a collaboration with musician Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona in Rome at Studio RA based on the themes of syncopation and experimentation within movement and sound.

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Together We Touch the Edge Tour: New Zealand

A solo performance tour in New Zealand, featuring performances and workshops in Wellington, Auckland and Arohata Women’s Prison. The show features choreography, a score from Tom Hartley Booth and spoken word contributions from Madison Mae Parker and Derrick Brown. March – April 2016.

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How to Love an Introvert

A performance at Abeerance in Progress in South East London, February 2016.

‘Based on the poem by Madison Mae Parker, ‘How to love an introvert: A Quiz’ is an experiment of metaphor, mentality and communication. This work is a small piece of a larger work that will soon be touring New Zealand, so conversation is appreciated!’

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Memento

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‘ “Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”

― Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Open Arts Café is an evening of new work by up-and-coming artists. This month they are exploring memory, forgetting, nostalgia and mementos.’

Featuring a performance of a work in progress entitled ‘Church of the Broken Axe Handle’, based on the poem of the same name by Derrick Brown.

 

 

 

 

Feeling Down

A performance for artist Sarah Adams:

‘In my current writing and making I have been exploring the process of remembering through physical embodiment of emotions and experiences – with relation to truama, suffering and loss, and the notion of the dancer’s body as a physical archive. I have been looking at the body’s interaction with objects and the impact of restrictive spaces on movement content. Alongside this is an ongoing exploration of dance and movement within the gallery space and the objectification of the dancer’s body within this context.’

A two hour durational performance at the Triangle Space in Chelsea, featuring a looping series of physical movements on a plinth within the gallery space.

In rehearsal:

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DRUNKEN NIGHTS IV

‘DRUNKEN NIGHTS is a series of performance events in pubs. Each night features a range of live performers, who have taken inspiration from the traditions of the Great British pub. With unexpected theatre, off-beat stand-up comedy, experimental dance – and maybe even a good old fashioned sing-song. All of the acts take place in the main bar area so you can enjoy the evening from the comfort of your own bar stool with your tipple of choice.’

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Featuring my experimental performance, ‘Tales from the Road’.

‘Francesca is driving across America, except Francesca doesn’t drive. She’s in the passenger seat of an SUV with a poet and a musician, performing at dive bars, churches and Las Vegas weddings. Together they’re figuring out new ways to collaborate: how to mix their stories together into movement, words and sound in ways slam poetry has never seen before. But they’re also driving through the desert and it’s hot as balls, so anything could happen.

Tales from the Road is their story, we promise this one’s true.’

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‘Profound observations and wit’
‘Brilliant movement. Well written story’

 

 

 

One Thousand Promises

This Autumn I spent a lot of time on tour. I hit  the road with the incredible poet Madison Mae Parker, the other half of our company The One Thousand Project.

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‘One Thousand Promises is a duo art project between Francesca Willow and Madison Mae Parker. Francesca, a choreographer and performer, uses Madison’s poetry as a starting point for making movement.The duo aims to create a full, experiential atmosphere for the audience, not allowing them to be passive observers, but active participants in the conversation unfolding before them. Their work touches on the darkness that lies within us all, particularly focusing on eating disorders and mental illness, and the strength to overcome through the power that exists within womanhood.’

As well as the dates above we also had a couple last minute additions in Albuquerque, Portland and an extra show at The Green Mill, Chicago!

 

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-Baton Rouge (thanks for the shout out Bill!)-Laredo 1-Laredo-
Mic Check 1-Bryan-LA2 LA1-Los Angeles (The Actors Gang)-

You can view the trailer for this tour below, or give us a follow on instagram @onethousandproject too. We’ll be back in the New Year with some new and exciting projects!

 

 

 

 

Talk to the Waves takes Texas

In October 2015 Rosie Macari and I reworked Talk to the Waves [how they are beautiful then gone] to be performed at Texas Grand Slam, Texas’ largest annual poetry festival. We were the opening act for the final stage of the competition, performing for 700 slam poetry lovers at Texas A&M’s Rudder Theatre.

We then performed for Mic Check Poetry based in Revolution, Bryan/College Station and for Write About Now based in Avantgarden, Houston. We had such a beautiful time out in Texas honouring Christian’s memory and partnering with the local art scenes. Thanks for letting our little Team UK take part!

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