Bridget Lappin

Residency Project Notes:

For this residency, I would like to return to my latest work and begin the process of redeveloping it. Who’s Afraid of a Pussy Cat? (2017) is a solo work which explores notions of femininity and animality, questioning the patriarchal experience of simultaneously desiring and fearing these two qualities. The themes of the work are extremely multi-layered and reflecting upon both my experience of making/performing the work and the feedback I received, my aims for the redevelopment of this work are to:

  1. excavate and challenge the movement vocabulary within the work, thus, expanding and refining the themes explored in the work
  2. clarify and refine the overall thread/arc of the piece

I will concentrate on the first aim, particularly focusing on the aspect of “animality”. In the work, I use the image of a tiger as both a choreographic tool and a performative state to access beauty and bestiality. Throughout the residency, I would like to push this image far beyond its current physical and symbolic limits, developing and refining the existing movement language to new dimensions. My aim, by the end of the residency, is that this aspect of the work will be considerably stronger and as such, influence the overall development of the piece.

Throughout the residency, I will work with 2-3 different dramaturgs to support these explorations.

About Bridget:

Bridget is a dance artist, performer and choreographer currently based in London, UK. ​ Originally from the east coast of Canada, Bridget moved to the UK to study at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with both a First-class BA (Hons) degree, and later, a MA, specialising in choreography. She has performed with the Richard Alston Dance Company (UK), Bern Ballett (CH) under the direction of Cathy Marston, Humanah Productions (UK/SE) and several independent choreographers in both Canada and the UK. ​ As a solo artist, Bridget has presented her own choreographic work in several international platforms to critical acclaim, including Resolution (UK) and Tanz Made in Bern (CH). Her dance practice is rooted in improvisation and seeks to explore topics of identity and feminism by subverting pop culture and philosophy.

In Residence:

w/ 9 October

Open Studio:

14 October, 1pm-5pm