Karl Jay-Lewin

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Catalyst started working with Karl in 2013, following a Choreographic Futures research period and going on to produce Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music (2013).

About the artist
As a dance maker Karl’s work is generally rooted in the post-modern, experimental dance scene. Influenced by his eclectic dance training and his varied interests, Karl likes to push boundaries, explore edges and generally mix things up a bit.
Recent practice has been significantly enhanced and developed by two important collaborations: with seminal choreographer Deborah Hay, through her Solo Performance Commissioning Project (At Once, 2009, I Think Not, 2011); and with composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he made the live dance and music piece Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music.
Previous choreographic and performance projects include At Once (2009), It’s about time (2006), No Kidding (2005-2006), Generation & Every Day Life (2001,2003), cys (1998-2000), Just do nothing (1999/2000), aka blue (1997-98), Tinnuts (1996/7), Bricolage (1995).
Karl is the Artistic Director of Bodysurf Scotland, a Moray-based organisation that produces dance and movement events for local and visiting artists and audiences. He is also co-founder of Moray Culture Café. 
Catalyst started working with Karl in 2013, following a Choreographic Futures research period and going on to produce Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music (2013).

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Works

Karl Jay lewin shouting banging large red drumExtremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music is a collaborative live dance and music work by choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin and composer Matteo Fargion, performed by Karl and pianist Tim Parkinson. 

The piece comprises of over 50 discretely made piano, dance and text-based solos, edited around strict rhythmic structures. They span the overtly political, the understated and the oblique, while ranging in temperament and emotion from the extremely calm and extremely harmonic, to the extremely loud and the extremely vulgar. The piece will probably include the extremely undecided and definitely have extremely bad dancing to extremely French music.

'As well as having the best title ever – who could resist – [the] performance was a joy to encounter. Apart from John Hegley serenading me at The Lighthouse in Cromarty last month, cannot think when I have laughed more!' Susan Christie, Director Inverness Old Town Arts

 See Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music below.
 

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