Dance artist Jemima Hoadley and her 15 year old son Nathan, who has Down’s syndrome, Type 1 diabetes, Grave’s disease and an obsession with Romeo & Juliet, will be developing their work together ‘He (and me)’ commissioned by Metal Change Makers Lab and performed at Metal Change Makers day of occupation and scratch performance at The Space in Between, Unlimited Festival, Southbank in September 2018.
‘He (and me)’ is a project exploring the peculiarities of Jemima’s role as carer to her son and her son’s otherness as a learning disabled teenager. Together they unpack their relationship, using Nathan’s fascination with the story of Romeo & Juliet to explore Nathan’s perspective of life and how they fit into the world. Using dance, story-telling, verbatim interviews and songs, they invite spectators inside their idiosyncratic world.
The Time and Space residency will enable Jemima and Nathan to stay at Metal Chalkwell House over a series of weekends in 2019, with invited collaborators, to develop the work further and test it with small audiences. Collaborators include sound artist and composer Jennifer Bell, who weaves interviews and conversations into verbatim soundscapes and songs and video artist Roswitha Cheshire. Jemima will also be working with a dramaturg during the residency to facilitate the process.