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Interview: Under My Skin – Becky Crisp and Bradley Groizard

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With dancers Becky Crisp and Bradey Groizard performing to “Under My Skin” by Rebecca Louise

Date: 17th May 2017

Location: Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
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This interview was held on the 17th May 2017 just before the premier performance at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

We caught up with the dancers that were selected and choreographed a dance performance to complement Rebecca’s musical composition (see her interview here) that in itself was inspired by a sculpture by Ron Mueck “Spooning Couple” (currently on lone from the Tate Gallery in the Ferens Art Gallery).

Video Transcript

becky crisp and bradley groizard ferens art gallery

Kateule Bwalya

Here we are at the Ferens Art Gallery interview number 2. Here with Bradley Groizard? Groizard?

Bradley Groizard

Groizard

Kateule Bwaya

Sorry

Bradley Groizard

Groizard

Becky Crisp

Groizard

Kateule Bwalya

And Becky Crisp. I would like to ask you to introduce yourselves first and foremost, so we will start with yourself

Becky Crisp

Okay, so my name is Becky Crisp, I am a dance teacher in Hull, I teach and the Royal Dance Academy and I was asked by Rebecca to come to do an audition and we got selected to do the performance today what you are going to see.

Bradley Groizard

I’m Bradley Groizard, I’m 15 years old an I’m at currently studying at South Hunsley School. I was asked by Becky and Becca to perform at this Ferens Art Gallery.

Kateule Bwalya

So the piece is inspired by the Ron Mueck sculpture the Spooning Couple. So how did you go about the actual composition for the dance? Did you work closely with the music that Rebecca composed or was it something that you did independently?

Becky Crisp

Becca composed the music herself through her feelings from the piece and from there we basically, we had, once we had been accepted to do the piece we were then invited to a meeting where we listened to the composition and that’s when we got our ideas together about what would happen to this couple basically looking at the art work and we just went from there.

Kateule Bwalya

Fantastic. So putting that together is a bit of a feat I cant compose anything, I can dance a little bit, not to your extent. You’re at South Hunsley School so obviously getting the time to come and you know to do the rehersals was that something that was impacting on what you have to do on a day to day?

Bradley Groizard

Not really, we wrote a letter asking for time of school for some of the rehersals because it’s a big opportunity and basically just they let me have time off.

Becky Crisp

They were really supportive weren’t they.

Bradley Groizard

Yeah they were really supportive because they understood that it was a big opportunity and there were going to be some big people here.

Becky Crisp

Yeah, it’s something you aspire to do as a career as well so it was quite important for him to you know to get the experience of doing the performance being within the university environment as well with them being a lot of students here who were coming to watch today, it’s just another thing to add to his list of things what he’s achieved isn’t it.

Kateule Bwalya

That’s fantastic, so obviously you teach in Hull as well, dance, are you one of her students? or were you doing it independently?

Becky Crisp

No no, actually it was a friend of mine who recommended Brad to me and Becca, a fellow teacher called Jess Torrie she teaches at the Park Street Dance School and Brad used to be her student and she said basically that with his background and his training that he’s had he would be a really suitable candidate to do today with the performance.

Kateule Bwalya

So how long have you been dancing for?

Bradley Groizard

I’ve been dancing for 8 years now. I’ve always studied at Park Street it was formerly Northern Theatre but I have moved on in the last year to now dance at NAPA (Northern Academy of Performing Arts).

Kateule Bwalya

And I’ll ask you how long you’ve been dancing for?

Becky Crisp

I’ve been dancing for since I was 2 (laughs)

Kateule Bwalya

I’m not going to ask how old you are because a gentleman never asks but how long have you been teach for?

Becky Crisp

I was a professional dancer for 7 years and then after that that’s when I started teaching. I came back to Hull I’d been sort of travelling around the world doing performances being a dancer and decided to move back to Hull in 2008 and that’s when I setup my own dance academy and it just sort of started off quite slow and it’s just growing and growing as the time goes on.

Kateule Bwalya

Fantastic. So thank you very much and we hope to enjoy, well not hope we will enjoy the performance. I will try not to get up there myself so er yeah well thank you very much.

Becky Crisp

Thank you.

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