Coming up…….. DEMO in 2019…. PREMIERE in 2020 …… Hold on…..
Only Bones – Working Parameters by Thomas Monckton
Only Bones is a series of solo minimalist performances connected by physicality and restrictive creative parameters and performed by different artists under the same title (Only Bones 1.1, Only Bones 1.2 etc).
Attempt to create a show using one light, no text, no props, no set and no narrative in 2 x 2m space.
All artists are completely independent in their creative endeavours and are not restricted by anything other than the original parameters. The ultimate goal is to make Only Bones a recognisable aesthetic that any artist is free to attempt.
Only Bones aims to; give a challenging problem for artists to solve; champion the performance of physicality outside of existing genres and to capitalise on the benefits of having a series of works.
Having a series of solo works helps to build on an audience base, and establishes an ever-increasing community of artists with a similar goal and who can offer support to one another. The parameters make creating a show difficult, and forces the artist to be creative with their own bodies and push themselves beyond what they might normally do. This helps push physicality forward outside of established genres like dance, circus, mime, or mask, and enables an audience to view physicality without preconceptions and so hopefully, with a more open mind.
FIRST BONES at TEATER TAPAS in TEATERØEN in COPENHAGEN
Improvised 15-minutes performance that was repeated five times within three hours.
Some encouraging feedback from the audience.
“FIRST BONES at Teater Tapas is circus artist Henna Kaikula’s first step into creating her version of ONLY BONES 1.2 that will have it’s premiere at NouNous Festival in Helsinki in December 2019. The interests and focus is at this early stage, in addition to simple physicality, in thoughts about human’s relations to other animals and other animals’ view on us humans. As well as in wondering how we find it completely normal to reach both to the moon and to the bottom of the sea but have difficulties reaching out to a stranger standing next to us.”
FILMING ONLY STONES – SHORT VIDEO (working title)
WITH VISUAL ARTIST GEMMA TWEEDIE
Pallas National Park
©Gemma Tweedie (shots from the video material)
Filming up in Lapland and on top of Palkaskero fell… in mid-September.. turned out to be slower than the two optimists thought… the project to be continued next time there is autumn leaves ie. autumn 2019!
Lonly bOnes at TEATER TAPAS in TEATERØEN in COPENHAGEN
Material put together from Only Bones -rehearsals -> 15-minutes performance that was repeated five times within three hours.
LONLY bONES at TAPAS
This morning I noticed
I am only arms
stuck on (some) shoulders
My legs have tried to secretly seduce me
I try to focus
I’ve been searching my hips for days
as a poor explanation I got to hear
they had been baby-sitting my butt cheeks
I am stuck up to my elbows in this
At Teater Tapas Henna will perform physical explorations that have been created drawing inspiration from Eira’s writing, that in turn drew inspiration from Henna’s improvised movement.
The premiere of Only Bones 1.2. will be in November 2019 in Finland and hopefully will be performed in Teaterøen too.
Only Bones is a performance concept created by Thomas Moncton (NZ). It has specific limitations that push the performer to explore their bare physicality.
©Gemma Tweedie (shots from the video rehearsal material)