Absent Made Present’ at the Royal Opera House

Katharine Morling collaborated with Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Associate Artist for the Royal Opera House ROH2 commission Absent Made Present.

A very unusual and exciting opportunity arose to work with choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie on a new contemporary dance commission at the Royal Opera House.

Set amidst a malleable environment conceived by James Button in response to the work of ceramic artist Katharine Morling with lighting design by David Kidd, the work features craft skills as an explicit element of the choreography exploring how humans transform materials and how the materials transform our physicality and our surroundings. The music and sound space by Spanish composer Alberto Bernal features live saxophone and percussion.

The whole creative team spent time in Morling’s studio, learning how she works, plays and come up with new ideas.

Opoku-Addaie was influenced by Morling’s work and studio practice, combined with his own childhood memories of being surrounded by Craft Artists.

This piece explores the inherited processes of hand-made crafts and how these processes continue to transform and shape the societies we live in. Absent Made Present

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