How To Disappear
HOW TO DISAPPEAR - an interdisciplinary performance project - was a performance piece created during an intensive hothouse residency with over 20 students from four different disciplines working with a Belfast-based director from Scotland, an Italian composer from Scotland, an English choreographer based in Castlerock, a Northern Irish designer recently returned from working in the States and a Swedish dramaturg living up the Lisburn Road.
24 students from Drama, Film, Creative Writing and Music/Music Technology came together every day for two weeks in an intensive workshop model involving full company classes in voice, percussion, movement, dance, improvisation and ensemble exercises. The devising process involved the students working in interdisciplinary groupings to generate a piece which wove together the different disciplines and explored the new performance languages that ensued.
This residency saw writers working in ongoing devising dialogue with composers and performers, performers learning new skills in voice and movement, composers teaching vocal compositions to their peers and the formation of an ensemble company to create both the piece and a film documentary about the creation of the piece.
This process created a wide range of practical learning experiences for the students involved in this ensemble company: one of the writers stage-managed the show and one of the composers became rehearsal photographer. Two of the performers put together a “creative diary” of the process, one of the performers was mentored to lead dance warm-ups and several of the performers were involved in the technical support for the show.
At the same time, the creation of an educational research project by a member of staff from the Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education provided the opportunity for students to reflect in a structured way about their experience on this residency as well as creating educational archive material about this innovative and intensive model of teaching and learning.