Expanding the Picture
Posted on  25th July, 2019

We were fortunate to follow the development of Expanding the Picture, an ongoing relationship between Mary Prestidge and two emerging dance artists based at Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts. Through a six month programme, the members of Blue Room, Tony Carroll and Diana Disley created a full length piece which explores the possibilities of improvisation. Inspired by their own individual interests and ambitions, Tony and Diana developed the work through multidisciplinary activities, engaging with sound, live music, objects, projections and each other.

This film is a small insight into their creative process within which each workshop grew into a spectacle of their own and often something like of a meditative experience. The project culminated with a mesmerising performance that showed us rare authenticity and left us wondering over what could come from daring to truly let go of control, welcome freedom and embrace the present moment as it comes. All the while being on stage.


Bluecoat, dance
In production | My Bluecoat
Posted on  16th February, 2017

“It’s a fascinating history, from the enlightenment to where we are now.. You can almost chart and change the history of the city through this building. The sense of the civic, which is important at some times, and the inward lookingness and outward lookingness, and the global connections.”

Bryan Biggs. Art in Liverpool.

We began our film portraits for the My Bluecoat project back in 2016 with a pilot for the lovely Eddie Rauer, a regular at the Bluecoat with a host stories about his time spent at the venue. Starting next week we begin filming for a series of 30 portraits spanning the 300 year history of the venue, from it’s beginnings as a school through to it’s incarnation as a melting pot of performance, arts and crafts. Looking forward to seeing what stories emerge, both from individual experiences and through the collective memory of the Bluecoat. What links and threads emerge through the 30 narratives will become clear as we get underway.