I made my move on the 4th September 2016 and was immediately greeted to a BBQ styled jam outside our very own Laban building. It was quite a cute little ice breaker for meeting people across the years. Whilst I was a tad bit disappointed there were no Whitney Houston songs playing, the drinks were cheap. So over the next two weeks our timetables consisted of freshers events and enrolment. And of course it was my birthday coming up and I vowed not to get belligerently drunk. Some things never change though. I clearly thought I was a pro walking down the streets of New Cross swigging out of a Sainsbury’s basic vodka bottle… straight. There’s little I actually remember from that night but the stories that unfolded the next morning were horrific. So my dancing was a show, my general being was just a mess and to top it all off I walked over and explain my attraction to another guy despite meeting him days earlier. Yep! You got it from me first – tragic! It’s not all glitz and glamour I’m afraid. Its cool though, it’s a funny story now but at the time I wanted to die. So Freshers came to an end with a boat party on the Thames and this was a cute little night for us all to have fun together. Then the fun really began to start.
We got right into acting by sharing stories that we found to be quite comical in telling and stories that were more emotional or had weight held to them. A lot was presented in these sessions and the beautiful-ness of it was that the stories were all raw and yes, some were hard-hitting but by just hearing a story that someone clearly had an emotional attachment to and in the way they portrayed it through honest authenticity and integrity really did move me. We then got hot and sweaty looking into each others eyes to see if we could gain anything from this. Deep, I know but these sessions were really fun and actually inspired myself and Hannah to take part in a social action event that was happening in London and all over the world through a community group called ‘Focallocal’ http://www.focallocal.org/ : The Worlds Biggest Eye Contact Experiment 2016. It was an amazing experience. We rounded up the end of term 1 with our Naturalism Assessments. I struggled with getting into my character and just letting go really but when it came down to the final showing I just had fun with it, whilst I’m still trying to master that I have made a slight improvement. Sometimes just getting up there and doing it can be the scariest moment in a person’s life.. but keep tuned there’s gonna be a blog post on fearlessness and letting go, so to speak. In dance I’ve been continuously working on my technique in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Tap I’m not quite getting the swing of things for some reason or another, but I guess in time I’ll improve. I’ve been took on a kind of tour through Jazz history in one class. It’s been amazing getting to see how it’s slowly evolving in Shannon’s class. As for singing we’ve been working on our legit sounding voice and focusing on much more classical pieces of works and composers. Not my strongest field but I’m getting there.
A little while ago I wrote this on my Facebook:
“So I’ve been in London a month now and I can honestly say I’m having a grand old-time down here! I’m at an amazing university with a pretty fantastic bunch of people doing what we do best – or at least in my case trying to. As for London I’m finding it oddly peaceful, I feel like I’m in my own bubble of serenity at the minute which is weird because it’s hectic and busy all the time but I feel like I’m floating in a sea of people who are all focused on getting through the day and I love it! This newfound independence is rather exhilarating and call me dorky all you want but I’m excited for what it brings!!”
I think it explains a lot about my journey thus far.