Diary of a Dance - The Making of Robert Binet's Terra Incognita
In the Summer of 2016, Robert Binet, together with playwright Rosamund Small and the dancers Yasmine Naghdi of The Royal Ballet, Ida Pretorius of The Royal Danish Ballet, Emma Hawes of The National Ballet of Canada, Andreas Kaas of The Royal Danish Ballet and Martin ten Kortenaar of The Dutch National Ballet, descended on the quiet town of Eye, in the gentle countryside of Suffolk. They stayed with my friend and collaborator Olivia Pomp in her family’s 15th century barn and its surrounding water meadows and, over the course of three weeks, made the most stunning piece of site specific dance, culminating in three astonishing performances. This piece was fundamentally informed and inspired by these quintessentially East Anglian surroundings and the open hearted inhabitants of Suffolk.
It was my aim to make a sort of diary, a scrapbook of memories that hopes to bear witness to the alchemy that is choreography, as well as showing something of the spirit of creation, of creators of different stripes coming together under a singular vision.
Both Robert and the dancers have all gone on to great things, and I can’t help thinking that this was a seminal moment in the arc of their careers, exploring and experiencing the joy of creation in the most wonderful of environments.