Help me start to heal
- “B3” by Placebo
Recently qualified as an Arts Award Advisor for all levels, I’m just beginning to embark on my own Gold Arts Award, hoping to gain a better understanding of delivering the award, and also make me get my backside in gear and put on a couple of Broken Rose shows in the process. One section of the award asks students to look into the work of other artists and practitioners, learn from live and active experiences and comment on how this affects your own work. As Broken Rose is a cross art form company, I could have looked into pretty much anything; but me being me, I had to attach a theme to it, and I’m hoping there’s going to be a shiny new performing product to show for it.
Broken Rose breaks the rules. Whether it be dance, theatre, spoken word or film, Broken Rose bends perceptions and challenges convention.
Aiming to smash through every preconception the world has ever had, Broken Rose encompasses all art forms and genres, bringing a unique and eclectic mix of superstardom.
The company aims to tell difficult stories through a blending of performing arts. A Broken Rose show is inquisitive, honest and spectacular; we aim to be mischievous, constantly enquiring, and bold.
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I must admit, I have a good place to start from – I consider Todd Hayne’s Velvet Goldmine to be the greatest film of all time. I’m sure some movies buffs would laugh me down for such a sentiment, but in my eyes this particular artistic depiction of the rise and fall of a glam rock legend has been unrivalled so far.
A young Jonathan Rhys Myers plays fictional pop star Brian Slade, who in turn creates another space age persona for himself, Maxwell Demon. Add Ewan McGregor’s character of Curt Wilde, the butch-er of the two, but still first seen onstage smothering himself in baby oil and glitter, and you’ve got yourself one of the most beautiful bisexual love stories ever told. To some people, that’s all that Velvet Goldmine is, and that’s enough. But for me, it’s so much more than that.
The way Hayne’s detailed screenplay tells stories through dreaming, or the recollections of others is such a clever little device; because that’s what rock and roll is most of the time – a fantasy, a memory. I have myself been many a time guilty of becoming lost in the lie of a performance (which, on a side note, is the way it should be).
In the film, Comedian Eddie Izzard plays Brian Slade’s manager, Jerry Devine. His line “It doesn’t much matter what a man does with his life. What matters is the legend that grows up around him” has stayed with me since I first saw the film a few years ago.
Now I don’t need to reiterate how much I love this film or how much I love all things glam and androgynous, especially considering the Placebo inspired tattoo I most recently got inked into my bicep, but hearing this quote for the millionth time as I watched it again last week, really got me thinking. What legends do grow up around us? Can we really change the way people think about things, which is something I have been aiming to do through the work of Broken Rose for a while now.
Right on cue, a friend sent me the link to Joss Whedon’s Commencement Address at Wesleyan University. Whedon talks about how we all cannot help but change the world, because we are the world. Everyone’s stories push towards a different tomorrow.
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On the flip side, watching someone else tell their story through performance, but finding myself relating to it in so many ways, is something I'm very used to, but it's never possible to be comfortable with. Yesterday morning saw a sharing in Pavilion Dance South West's beautiful Seafront Studio, of Karla Shacklock's work in progress, The Crutch. A brilliant piece of dance, but so very difficult to watch for someone who sees every destructive relationship they have ever had in the movements of the dancers. Finding it difficult to watch certainly doesn't mean that you should stop though, as Joss Whedon so beautifully puts it...
And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think that a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. If you think that happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict.
Wise words Mr. Whedon, wise words.
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