Rebecca Mackenzie

Book Club for Dancers | Sat 24 Mar, Sat 21 Apr & Sat 26 May 2018

A novel is a place of encounter. We enter the body of the text and experience a consciousness moving through time and space. As we encounter the body of the text, so too does the text inhabit our bodies. How do these words rub up against our imagination? How does the residue of reading make us want to move? What use of space or image is called forth?
Through three workshops, and three novels, we will explore these questions. We’ll share our reading experience with each other and examine elements of a novel’s craft, such as time, place, rhythm, gesture. We’ll explore our responses through movement, creating a zone where our experience as readers and movers meet, where imagination and body speak to each other. As a group we’ll develop our own lens for examining texts, finding fresh ways to engage with our reading in order to inspire us as performers.


Rebecca is a London based novelist, poet and performer. She regularly performs Late! Night Solos, an evening of solos showcased by herself and Seke Chimutengwende. Rebecca's teaching is informed by her studio practice, as well extensive training with Ruth Zaprorah, Sten Rudstrom and Andrew Morrish. She is a qualified Action Theater TM teacher. IN A LAND OF PAPER GODS, Rebecca's debut novel, was an Observer Fiction Highlight 2016 and a Red Magazine Book of the Year. Rebecca teaches on the Creative Writing MA, Royal Holloway. She is inspired by Simone Weil's writings on attention and the rhythms of Emily Dickinson.