As an independent artist EJP created several short works which had the potential to be realised on a larger scale
but did not have the support or infrastructure for development. Many of these works were successfully performed
in their infancy across Scotland and England and have significantly contributed to her choreographic practice.
Conceptually they all exist within the exploration of the human condition that underlies her creative values.
2011: ‘Excerpts From A Bigger Picture’
Image by Rachel Lucy King.
''We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies — all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.'' Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception
Commissioned by Dr P Lovatt at the Dance Psychology Lab, Hertfordshire as part of his Inspired programme. Combining spoken word performed and written by Caitlyn Cummings, video projection by Rachel Lucy King and choreography/ design from EJP. Explores the presumptions we make when disconnected from the intention of individual.
2010: ‘These Are The Conditions, Now What Happens Next?’
Image by Chris Kidd.
Everything natural lends itself to the scientific phenomenon that is Chaos Theory. It is real science where patterns are apparent but not obvious; where occurrences appear random but actually make perfect sense. Nobody put us in a box and then measured what happened. We happened and then we measured ourselves.
Development mentored by Alan Grieg with support from The Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Fund.
Performed at Scottish venues as part of the Foundations Dance Collective Tour, 2010.
Scottish representative at national platform Live Bites in Leeds, 2010.
2009: ‘A Chill Raise Your Skin’
Image by Emma Jayne Park..
A journey into voyeurism for an audience who, by circumstance, are already willing voyeurs, inspired by the writings of Matthew Porubsky.
'You lift your hair and the knot behind your neck loosens quick to let
loose your top and I watch a chill raise your skin'
PORUBSKY Dream Girl No12
Created to an original score from Neil Warrack.
Developed as part of the Foundations at The Forest Festival.
Premiered as part of the Heads Up programme at Dancebase during Edinburgh's Fringe Festival 2009.
'Just the right sort of energy required to keep me on the edge of my seat!'
Beth Noble. Dance Development Officer, East Lothian.
2010: ‘Sunset Manor’
Image by Grant Forbes..
Initially developed in collaboration with a Scottish bboy, Steven Fraser, the work explores communication in a relationship where the individuals speak similar yet intrinsically different languages. Using the overlap in contemporary dance and bboy vocabulary to highlight
the strengths and vulnerabilities of each performer whilst exploring how the reality of a
relationship compares to the perception.
Development supported by the Eastwood Park Theatre and Brunton Theatre.
Performed at the Eastwood Park Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
Commissioned for redevelopment by The Princes Trust for a unique performance at
The Baltic, Newcastle.
by Mike Chalmers..
'Abortion is discussed; abortions are not'
Created with thanks to the women who were honest enough to speak with EJP about their experiences.
A visceral work created to reflect the true emotional and physical devastation that can follow the decision to have an abortion.
Performed at Howden Park Centre, Livingston as part of the Foundations Dance Collective Tour
Performed as part of Dr Peter Lovatt's 23 Feeling in Dance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.