Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents8. Jan - 19. Jan 14 / ended ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
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Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents
Using Siobhan Davies’s own history as a choreographer and dancer as a starting point, this new project reflects on the concept of archiving dance. Working closely with five collaborating dance artists Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and Matthias Sperling the artists consider their own embodied history and memory. When seen in a gallery context the work questions how different art forms build on their own history. How does a potentially ephemeral art form create a lasting presence and how is embodied movement passed on, captured or remembered? In a work that consciously breaks barriers between audience and performer Davies and her collaborators engage audiences in a kind of live encounter or exchange, a learning process between both parties. The audience intermingle with dancers and the work intentionally shows process, unravelling dance and choreographic thinking in the proximity that a gallery space allows.
Siobhan Davies rose to prominence in the 1980s and increasingly works outside traditional dance venues, promoting radical new exchanges between different art forms. This new work plays with the relationship between dance and other art forms but in the end celebrates dance as a very particular way of apprehending the world.
Siobhan Davies's latest work with filmmaker David Hinton, All This Can Happen, is screening exclusively at the ICA on Tuesday 19 November, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the directors, led by Gareth Evans (Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery). It is also screening on 7 and 8 December 2013.
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