INTRODUCING 70/30 SPLIT…
May 8, 2018
70/30 Split is a collaboration between choreographers Sophie Unwin and Lydia Cottrell. Together they present an accumulation of words, thoughts, characters, expectations, stories, experiences and alternatives. Creating satirically energetic dance theatre work, the pair utilise movement, text, honesty and leotards, combining burlesque, bodies and the bizarre. Alongside their work as artists they are curators of the York based performance platform SLAP.
We’re excited to be supporting 70/30 Split to create new work for Transform 19. You’ll hear more about their project soon, but in the mean time get to know them here…
We are 70/30 Split.
Somehow we have been working together for 7 years in lots of different ways:
Performing for each other
Performing next to each other
Performing in other peoples work
TELL US WHAT DRIVES YOU...
Lydia: Sophie in her 2005 Vauxhall Astra.
Sophie: Lydia in her 2012 Fiat 500.
TELL US WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT...
Sophie: Unfortunately its anxiety that keeps me awake at night and the constant replaying of conversations and moments throughout the day. Thinking things like: What am I doing with my life? Why am I here? Why am I like this? Who am I? Can my art actually make a difference? And then theres being the tiniest speck in the universe, and not really understanding how we are all here, but we are, and thinking its all futile, but is it?
Lydia: The guy on my street that likes to play drum and bass until 4am every night of the week. Other than that I pretty much sleep like a baby.
TELL US WHAT YOU'RE LISTENING TO...
Lydia: Kanye West.
Sophie: The spotify Year 2000s playlist, pretty much the soundtrack of my youth: Usher, Nelly, Ashley Simpson, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stephani, The Coors.
Both: We are also big fans of Tommy Cash, INXS, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush and T2.
TELL US ABOUT A PIECE OF LIVE PERFORMANCE THAT HAS ROCKED YOUR WORLD AND WHY...
Sophie: The last work which really blew me away was Frauke Requardt’s Mothers. Perfect blend of text, absurdity, movement, dark humour and theatricality- which is really up my street. In Frauke’s own words ‘Mothers is a dance across sticky surfaces with slippery bodies.’
Lydia: One of the most intense and amazing performances I ever experienced was getting to see Sunn 0))) live. They filled up the room with so much smoke that the smoke alarms in the building next to us went off.
TELL US WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU MOST WANT TO VISIT AND WHY...
We would really like to go to Japan, to hike round Shikoku Henro, see Mount Fuji and Ohanami (picnic in Sakura season). As well as go to Sanrio Puroland (Lydia: I want to be Hello Kitty when I grow up) shop in the Shibuya 109 building, go to a maid cafe in Akihabara, take lots of purikura, soak in the culture, eat good food and experience everything that only happens there. Also we both really love Karaoke.
TELL US WHERE YOU THINK THE NEXT YEAR MIGHT TAKE YOU...
Lydia: I am going to the European Speedrunner Assembly in Malmo with I am pretty excited about, my current goal is to set the record for House of the Dead. I am also hoping to go to New York in December to see Ghost in their first arena show.
Both: This is the year of thinking big. We also turn 30. We hope this marker will bring about sense and meaning.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO EXPECT FROM YOU AT TRANSFORM 19...
Singing, dancing, jumping, raising the crops, slapping thighs….