Two dancers explore the dynamics of a disparate relationship through complex interactions with each other’s personal space, both on stage and on screen. Unattaching was due to feature in the Festival Recontres Essonne Danse in Paris in Spring 2015 as part of an international dance showcase, but due to circumstances beyond our control* we had to create a new solo work for the Paris performance.
Kuuluako was developed in 2006 as part of dance bytes – a choreographic development project run by Welsh Independent Dance, and in 2011/12, was remixed and renamed unattaching with support from COREO CYMRU and CHAPTER. Unattaching toured in May 2012 to Montreal, Bordeaux, Torino, Cardiff and Arnhem as part of Bancs d’Essai Internationaux, a biennial choreographic exchange project. The original dancer in Kuuluako was Jem Treays, who was unable to participate in the international tour, so he was replaced by Iain Payne. John used this opportunity to re-shoot the video to include both dancers and rework the soundtrack substantially. The choreography was also changed, although still structured around the original sequence. The company developed a whole new beginning section and reworked the ending.
The soundtrack still features a remix of Unmarked Graves by Helen Chadwick, but also samples another of her songs – Saudade.