ALLEN’S LINE is a company of dancers directed by dancer / poet Julyen Hamilton.
The central theme is the work with dance, space, text and voice orchestrating all and each of these elements and doing it all on the fly as an instant composition in performance. Letting these areas of expression be made and housed all together, their individual qualities constantly interacting at different levels, weaving a whole, multi layered expression.
Stories, conversations, vocal lines, melodies and dialogue all present, supporting and providing contexts for each other.
The interest in placing these streams together is to touch the expressive powers which they unleash through parallel support and lateral associations. We both ‘cut up’ and ‘multi-layer’ the material, instantly editing as we go, letting the result be immediately readable.
Our use of objects and decor is studied and refined; these elements are not only visual markers working in the visual sphere but also metaphoric, symbolic and playful ways to naturally enrich and expose each piece.
"The gestures become wider while remaining precise, almost sacred, and recall the movements of the samurai with their katanas."
Although the process is in the instant moment, it lives in the passage of time - it is temporal.