Whilst working at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport, I have crossed paths with Krystal many times through various shows with Ballet Cymru. We found a connection through our love of writing and have talked of collaborating many times. Our first collaboration was hindered slightly by the Covid lockdowns, but we managed to create a music video together for my song 'my, my' which you can see here.
Today in the hot sun at Belle Vue Park we had a conversation about a new project idea and this is what we came up with.
Krystal writes a poem - I write music inspired by that poem - Krystal choreographs movement to the music - I film the end product.
We couldn't decide on how to approach it, in terms of theme and rules. We decided in the end that I won't know what the poem is about or if Krystal even decided on a specific theme - I will just read it and work from there. At no point are we allowed to discuss the other persons work whilst we are creating, simply to try and keep the reactions and responses neutral and channel it all into the responsive piece of work. So Krystal won't know if I am using the poem as lyrics or if it will just be instrumental for example. We allow ourselves a month between each handing over of the creative baton. Due dates being the 10th of each month. We will come together for the final section (filming) because it requires both parts, but I will direct the content and make the creative decisions from a filmmaking point of view - I think I will struggle with not asking Krystal for her input on this, but those are the rules!
After the project, we will look into potentially trying again but with different rules about the collaboration, maybe completing each section together. Not sure about me dancing though...