Interview: dancer Jack Webb discusses his Quartet with Rosalind Masson

Interview: dancer Jack Webb discusses his Quartet with Rosalind Masson

Photo: Irina Steinbrecher and Tim Nunn

The collaboration also features input from Jan Hendrickse, James T Mackay and 'mentor' Daniel Squire

Dancing in a solo is, by definition, a solitary affair. But despite being comprised of four solos, contemporary dance show Quartet is full of relationships.

Performers Rosalind Masson and Jack Webb, both emerging choreographers on the Scottish dance scene, first met during the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe. Playing at the same venue was Daniel Squire, a former dancer with Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark, who agreed to mentor the project.

‘It was Daniel's idea for Rosalind and I to work together,’ says Webb, ‘The idea of working with another dancer and choreographer who is so different appealed to us both as an interesting creative challenge that could stretch us and take us to new and extraordinary places.’ 

For Quartet, Masson and Webb have each created a solo for themselves, and for each other. A process that proved illuminating for them both.

‘As a choreographer, what you get is a direct reflection of your own aesthetic and interests, in another person’s body,’ says Masson. ‘That was the challenge of Quartet – how can that other body tell us things about ourselves that we may not even be aware of?’

Helping shape Quartet are sound artist and composer Jan Hendrickse and James T. McKay of psychedelic band The Cosmic Dead. Between them, all five artists took each other into the unknown.

Quartet is what happens when we don't stick to what we know but what we don't know,’ says Masson. ‘It's the dark side or the place you don't want to go – and poses the question of what we perceive as being of greater or lesser importance, and why.’

Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 15 & Sat 16 Nov.

Quartet Development Showing, NY: Jack Webb for Jack Webb & Rosalind Masson

Rosalind Masson and Jack Webb: Quartet

The first results of a new creative partnership between two young dancers, made under the guidance of mentor Daniel Squire.

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