Category Archives: music

Calan Awst/Lammas/Lughnasadh

Being in Place: The summer turned golden…. For much of it I was verging on feral, immersing myself in more wild places. Right in the middle of this, for Calan Awst/Lammas/Lughnasadh I had a Being in Place gathering at my studio in St Dogmaels: an open studio and the second installation/presentation of the Being in Place Homing Device. It was a warm and generous event, a gathering of neighbours, villagers and others from further afield. I introduced dancer Eeva Maria Mutka to the device and her response and the ensuing conversations, discussions and sharings were rich.  A local musician volunteered to have a go at the device and it was wonderful to witness how his playing transformed. There have been requests for more of these events, so new plottings are afoot….. More on Jo Shapland‘s Major Creative Wales Award here , Photos of the installation in Brighton here

BiP Presentation 10

Being in Place score

Told by the Wind: Last week I was back in Llanarth for a two-day initial re-rehearsal of Told by the Wind. I originally co-created this piece with Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli for The Llanarth Group in 2010. Since then, the performance has toured to Portugal and the US, Germany and Poland. I love returning to this piece that Phillip Zarrilli and I perform. Re-acquainting with the piece involves re-entering it in a tender and subtle way, and I feel that in return its structure holds us. Each return goes deeper.  The piece is outwardly minimal in spoken text and movement, yet there is a great deal of inner work going on, fully resonating with aesthetics of Quietude. We are all looking forward to presenting it in Huddersfield in late October, prior to our Japanese tour this coming November 2013.

The forthcoming tour to Tokyo is an exchange, interaction and collaboration between The Llanarth Group and Okamura Yojiro, Artistic Director of AMI Theatre Company, Tokyo, Japan, and members of their two companies. The exchange/interaction will include performances of The Llanarth Group’s Told by the Wind, performance of a new play by Okamura Yojiro, workshop exchanges, and planning toward a collaborative production in 2014 between the two companies.

Three performances of Told by the Wind will take place in Huddersfield 28 and 29 October 2013, prior to travelling to Tokyo.


This intimate and meditative performance is a requiem for the unseen; a poignant duet across time between two figures who never physically meet…

‘TOLD BY THE WIND is easily the most hypnotic piece of theatre I have experienced’   BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

The production is performed as part of ‘Being Here: Psychophysical Performance as Mindfulness Practice’ – a four day event at the University of Huddersfield.

This combined with the performances of Told By The Wind provide an exceptional opportunity to experience the work of Philip Zarilli – internationally known for actor training through Asian martial and meditative arts.

Mon 28 October 2013, Time: 20:00 

Tues 29 October 2013. Time: 18:00 and 20:00

Lawrence Batley Theatre

Queen’s Square Queen Street 
Huddersfield HD1 2SP 
01484 430528

Auditorium: University Of Huddersfield Milton Building

Prices: £12 / concessions £10 / students £6


Being in Place Installation at the Nightingale, Brighton

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Wales Dance Platform

Wales Dance Platform poster with booking details

[in]scape traces:  loops and improvisations on past and present dimensions

Jo Shapland

lo-fi, live moving, live drawing. If you welcome a gift, it may just come to you.

the SWAS Room, Chapter, Cardiff at 7pm on Sunday July 3rd.

photos from the rehearsals

Here you get some impressions from the rehearsals at Mostyn
photos by Julia Kalache

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[in]scape – Performance

[in]scape 2
site specific promenade performances
presented as part of Oriel Mostyn Gallery’s re-opening celebrations

Created by Jo Shapland
in collaboration with performers Will Dickie (England), Klaus Seewald (Austria) and musician/composer Dewi Evans (Wales)

28, 29 May 2010 (Friday / Saturday), 9pm
at The Mostyn (Llandudno, Wales)

-scape n      …denoting a view or a representation of a view
inscape n   unique inner quality or essence of an object etc as shown in a work of art, esp. a poem

kinesthesia n sensory awareness of position, weight, tension and movement.
aural perceived by the ear

Through movement and sound, performers lead the audience around the new Mostyn, encouraging and enhancing imaginative engagement with new architectural spaces. [in]scape 2 is a kinesthetic and aural meditation on how human presence impacts on architectural space, how architecture impacts on human presence.

phone: 01492-879201

Get some impressions …

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Made with financial support from the Arts Council of Wales, PRSF (Steps to New Music Scheme) and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Sponsored and assisted by Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno and Chapter, Cardiff.
A MAN TROI Production.

The company for (in)scape 2:

Jo Shapland (choreographer and performer/co-creator):
Multi-disciplinary artist, choreographer and performer, Jo Shapland, has over twenty years professional dance and performance devising experience. She is the primary artist and artistic director of  Man Troi. With a long-term interest in choreographic aesthetics of simplicity, task and ‘sculpting’ in time and space, in 2004 she began working with drawings as a stimulus for movement.

Current work:Told By The Wind – a collaboration with Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli (2010 European tour).  Most recent freelance work: Charlotte Vincent/WID (England/Wales), Sean Tuan John (Wales), Gekidan Kaitaisha (Japan), U-Man-Zoo (Wales) and Aletta Collins (England). Past collaborations include co-founding west Wales collective, Ointment, Evoke II’ with Phillip Babot. Invited artist for Someplace, part of Wales Arts International’s Dance Encounters, collaborating with seven international dance artists.

Originally trained at London Contemporary Dance School (1982-87), for the past 12 years Jo has practiced and demonstrated eastern martial/meditation arts based psychophysical performer training taught by Phillip Zarrilli.

Dewi Evans (musician/composer)
Dewi Evans has composed music for theatre, film and the media as well as co-writing the book Play Rock Keyboards (1987). He was one half of the Welsh pop duo Rheinallt H. Rowlands whose three albums include the critically acclaimed Bukowski (1996), which brought them worldwide attention. Credits include projects with dancer/artist Eddie Ladd, most notably the award-winning Club Luz (2002) and Cof y Corff (2007), commisioned by the Royal Opera House. Dewi has also done work for the Birmingham Rep, Sgript Cymru, Brith Gof, the BBC and S4C and is a member of the band Parking Non-Stop with Alan Holmes and poet Zoë Skoulding.

For more detailed information about Dewi’s musical activities, past and present, please visit his website

Will Dickie (performer/co-creator)
Will Dickie is a performing artist living in London. He is searching for his own dance identity, using the philosophy of Japanese Butoh and the body awareness of the South Indian Martial Art Kalaripayattu as his guides. He studied Theatre with Professor Phillip Zarrilli and is a member of Tadashi Endo’s Mamu Dance Theatre. Currently he is completing a short film, Hampton 30, exploring physical expression and memory on the streets of his own suburban landscape.

Klaus Seewald (performer/co-creator)
Klaus Seewald has worked with the Austrian company Theatre ASOU since 1995 as an performer, director and trainer.

Rooted in Eugenio Barba’s Theatre Anthropology, Klaus Seewald has worked with a variety of directors and choreographers from various backgrounds to realize performance projects ranging from Shakespeare to Beckett, from physical theatre to Japanese Butoh dance. His recent project Unknown Origin (a collaboration with UK based Martin Welton) toured to Albania, Austria, Romania, Russia and the UK.

Since 1996 he has practised, demonstrated and later taught the south Indian martial-/ mediation art Kalarippayattu, which builds with Yoga and Tai Chi the foundation of Phillip Zarrilli‘s psychophysical performer training.