Your Space Or Mine
Artist and choreographer Magnus Westwell lights up the CarWash
East London, on the autumn equinox. Machine Woman is visible in the horizontal slit in the DJ booth which has been built above BUILDHOLLYWOOD’s brand new creative space, CarWash. The concrete floor of the former actual car wash has been brushed and a tarpaulin roof has been strung across the brickwork. On the other side of the wall is an overground part of London underground, on the other side of which illicit artworks by celebrated graffiti artists are visible. Outside, the exterior is adorned with billboard artwork celebrating Scottish artist, choreographer and composer Magnus Westwell and tonight’s 20-minute excerpt of the brand new cross-creative production Broken Light of my Heart.
It’s been a busy few years for the artist and director. As well as performances at dance mecca Sadler’s Wells and London’s experimental hub Cafe OTO, Magnus has scored the soundtrack for Paolo Carzana’s runway at London Fashion Week and performed for Louis Vuitton.
Right now, Magnus Westwell is inside, awaiting the start of the performance. Their Company, Bright Storm Group, is made up of trained and untrained dancers and tonight they’ll premier this 20-minute piece which takes clubs and raves as its inspiration. It twists, deconstructs and amplifies the kind of moves you might see under dancefloor strobe lights into something wholly new.
“It feels powerful, in the individual rhythms of each person’s performance,” says Westwell. “It’s very musical and rhythmical. Repetition, loops, and what that can do. It feels like a deconstruction of music and dance. The artists never really face the audience.”