Analysis: The recording of this 'scratch tape' footage is a method of banking ideas that could be returned to at a later point in the making process. In the early stages of development the dancers were encouraged to record most movement sketches without judgement so that the work could develop without preconceptions. The material is often raw and undeveloped and many of these fragments did not appear in the final work. Some of the original tapes were damaged or in some cases like Birdsong completely missing. Where there was many hours of footage we tried to where possible to select material which had a linking thread to the final work. These were some of the factors which influenced the selection of scratch footage to be included in the archive. In some ways it is quite a patchy record of this process but hopefully gives the viewer some insight into the making of the work.
Deborah Saxon, 2009