Weeks 7 & 8
Weeks 7 & 8 for all of the Contacting the World companies means only one thing…The March Meet!
For the uninitiated, The March Meet is the first get together for representatives of each of the CTW companies. For three days, Contact plays host to this encounter, which is filled with discussions, workshops and sharing before culminating in the festival launch event on the last night.
Although lucky Jack was the elected representative for CYAC, the entire company was invited to perform at the launch event to give a sneak peak into our CTW journey so far.
We spent week 7 re-capping and re-hashing some of our favourite bits of work so far, creating a mini showcase featuring Mr Matouk, some spoken word and the sticks and masks introduced to us by our twin.
As week 8 arrived, so did CTW delegates from all over the globe. Segun joined us from Crown Troupe in Nigeria, Gai and Tam came all the way from Moradokmai in Thailand and the lovely Danielle from our twin The Arts in Action Wordsmiths made her way from Trinidad & Tobago. As representatives from Yard in Nottingham and our Mancunian neighbours Boundless headed over to our creative headquarters, the feeling of what an honour (not to mention a pressure!) it is to be host company grew even stronger within the ranks of CYAC. The launch of the crowd funding video that we worked on further increased our sense of privilege (check it out and donate what you can here)
A brilliant few days of inspiration, friendship and progress followed (read Marcus’ blog here for the full story), before we were left alone for the rest of the week with our twin’s representative Danielle. We explored Manchester together, ate Sunday lunch together and went dancing together, before our creative workshops led us to writing nonsense poetry about what our shows would contain (holograms, absurdity and brave choices if you’re wondering), sharing games and lively discussions about politics (mainly class, carnival and Trayvon Martin).
As Danielle headed back to Trinidad & Tobago, the twin-shaped hole she left behind quickly began to fill up with inspiration…