Interview: Choreographer Christine Devaney
Artistic director of Scottish contemporary dance company Curious Seed
Christine Devaney, artistic director of Scottish contemporary dance company Curious Seed, tells us all about her new production, PUSH
What made you want to be a choreographer?
I’ve honestly never thought ‘I want to be a choreographer’, but I knew I loved dancing and always relished being involved in the creative process and contributing to other choreographer’s visions. I was with V-tol for nine years, and gradually as the company developed I contributed more and more choreographically. After that company disbanded I had a very strong urge to create my own work, for me to try to ‘say’ something. So I tried. I’m trying. And as dance is my passion I do it with dance at the heart of what I create.
What was the inspiration behind your PUSH?
In the beginning it was the image of a young girl on a swing, a wall and the feelings that are stirred up in me when I watch the news. I watch the news more now than ever, mostly because my partner watches and listens to the news A LOT. I wanted to use some of the questions and complex feelings that come up for me rather than push them aside. I don’t necessarily want the show to be representational of this. I also wanted to work with Luke Sutherland again and we both wanted to work with a cellist and so it rolled on. Another starting point was the physicality of pushing, pulling, resisting and yielding. These seemed like a metaphor for living! Coping, questioning and delighting in everyday life.
What do you look for in a dancer?
That they love to move and are interesting and interested. That they’re not afraid of being fragile and that they can perform without showing their leotard – metaphorically !
What do you hope audiences will take away from PUSH?
Gosh. Feelings, thoughts and images that they can’t quite pin down just with words.
PUSH, Platform, Glasgow, Fri 17 & Sat 18 Feb, then touring.