Jacky Lansley's early collaborator Sally Potter had a retrospective season at the BFI Southbank throughout December 2009 which included films that Jacky has worked on as a performer and choreographer.
In the mid 70s, having met at the London School of Contemporary Dance, Sally Potter and I co-founded Limited Dance Company, a performing duo of two. The name Limited Dance Company illustrated the paradox in our work, for although we related to theatrical and dance traditions, enjoying the pleasures of performance, we could not be said to be part of a mainstream of dance activity or even the fringe. Disciplined or skilled physical performance was simply one of the elements in works that were primarily image based and certainly came closer to the category of Performance Art than to any other. This experience has given us a shared language, at times useful shorthand that I have been able to draw on when working on Sally’s films as an actress and choreographer.
THE BFI RELEASE DVD WITH BOOKLET OF THE GOLD DIGGERS
The BFI have produced a DVD of Sally Potter's The Gold Diggers which includes The London Story and other shorts. The pack includes an illustrated booklet with commissioned pieces including a piece by Jacky Lansley 'From The Wings: Jacky Lansley on her roles in The London Story and The Gold Diggers'.
THE GOLD DIGGERS
JACKY LANSLEY AS THE TAP DANCER
PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMON CORDER