It has been a very busy year and so much has happened since my last entry here. So here is an update of what I have been up to.
I finished Vertical Road in December last year. It has been a big journey for me as a dancer and as a person and it has been brilliant working with Akram Khan and everyone that was involved in the production. I have been to so many cities around the world and I just wanted to thank all of those who have gone to see the show. I hope you all enjoyed it and it was great to hear back and meet some of you – thank you for your kind words.
Salah El Brogy Company
I am very happy to announce that Salah El Brogy Company is now set up. I am looking forward to developing my solos and doing more collaborative work. I feel that this is the next step of my journey and to go beyond being a performer. I will definitely keep you all up to date with all the company’s activities but for now, a lot of ground work is being planned and made.
At Easter time, I was part of Breakin’ Convention’s All Star show at Sadler’s Wells as part of BC’s 10th year anniversary. I was performing for Company Decalage’s ConsuMorphosis, which was a contemporary piece mixed with street dance. It was nice to go back to my hip hop / street dance roots and I look forward to getting involved again at next year’s convention.
Company Decalage collaboration
Development time earlier this year has been spent with Company Decalage’s Mickael “Marso” Riviere as we both decided to go on a journey and do a duet together. My wife, who is also my manager, has introduced me to Marso’s work as she had seen my spirit in his work. I had seen it too and so I felt that it would be artistically nice to explore what both of us can do together. Marso and I then became part of this summer’s Choreodrome when we spent two solid weeks putting together elements of our duet that remains untitled at the moment. In prepation for this, I have taken inspiration from the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. This work is being supported by DanceXchange and The Place. We will soon be going into creation and production, which I am excited about and will be premiered at International Dance Festival Birmingham and The Place’s Spring Loaded next year.
Border Tales for Protein
Another journey that I am taking is with Luca Silvestrini. Border Tales is a new production from Protein Dance directed by Luca and devised by us, the performers. It touches on the issues of race, identity and explores the notion of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Creation started this summer, which was a real challenge as it bang in the middle of the Holy month of Ramadan. We had a three-week residency in Dusseldorf in Germany at Tanzhaus NRW doing some more creation and thanks to the Tanzhaus for all the support. This production is also going to be premiered at IDFB and The Place next year and will be on tour in Ipswich, Bath and Manchester as well.
Hurriyah for Nour Festival of Arts
I’ve been commissioned to do a response piece to an animation entitled Hurriyah (Freedom) devised by Islamic art calligrapher Soraya Syed. The music is created by Nitin Sawhney, a composer that I really admire, who also did the music for Vertical Road. I will be taking the animation to the next level in which I show how the human body can react to the words and how the spirit of the words can appear through the body. I will be performing my solo in the intimacy of Leighton House Museum’s gallery tomorrow as part of the Royal Kensington and Chelsea Borough’s Nour Festival of Arts.
As if the year is not busy enough, I am making sure that I invest in my own professional development and have been attending various talks, workshops and classes. Special thanks go to Gecko Theatre, Dance UK, The Place and Hofesh Shechter Company. Watch this space for updates and please go to my fan page facebook.com/selbrogy for more up to date information.
Wishing you all a pleasant weekend ahead. Much love and respect.