Unfold - 60|40 Staring point series: Manifold6. Sep - 22. Sep 13 / ended Siobhan Davies Studios
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Unfold - 60|40 Starting point series: Manifold
Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Amy Hughes, Sun Ae Kim, Hanne Enemark, Ellie Doney, Martha Todd, Hanne Mannheimer, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Matthew Raw
Siobhan Davies Dance creates situations where artists, partners and audiences can connect, leading to unpredictable outcomes and fresh insights into what choreography and dance can be.
In this fifth and final project of the Starting point series at Siobhan Davies Studios the 60|40 collective mark a departure from previous years by extending their invitation to studio group Manifold, who take a residency approach to the invitation.
“This year will be an adventure in possible outcomes and responses that come from a dynamic group interrogating and celebrating craft practice from a broad perspective.”
Clare Twomey, 60|40
The end of Manifold’s three-month stay culminates in Unfold, an exhibition of new works by each of the nine artists inspired by their experiences in the Studios and working across different disciplines and materials. By the very nature of taking over a building which has dance and choreography at its heart, Manifold have challenged themselves to assume new roles - artist, performer, producer, choreographer, curator, host and guest.
Inspired by the shoes left outside the dance studios, Martha Todd has worked with several dancers to take casts of their feet in various positions of expression. The finished pieces will be produced in partially translucent wax, forming a delicate trace of the people who are the Studios’ heartbeat.
Zachary Eastwood-Bloom has adopted the role of a choreographer of the unchoreographed, creating scores for a dance from a digital architectural model of the Studios. Working with a filmmaker Sapphire Goss and composer Elwin Hendrijanto, Eastwood-Bloom made a film exploring movement and texture in the spaces of the Siobhan Davies building.
Amy Hughes considers the idea of choreographed texture by capturing the motion from a contemporary class in foot impressions on a soft clay floor. The finished work will be as much tactile as visual, inviting visitors to ‘experience’ the dance without participating in the class itself.
Bethan Lloyd Worthington has found interest in the surfaces and fabric of the building, and created a vast wax rubbing of the main atrium wall, highlighting the textures in the cracked glazed school bricks, mortar dust and stone lintels that were roughly snapped off to fit the old Victorian school annexe to the new dance studios.
The other six members of Manifold with work on display have also used the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone, to re-examine their own craft through working with new materials, methods and processes.
Their journey of exploration has been recorded on their blog at www.studiomanifold.org/startingpoint, which includes ideas, learnings and works in progress.
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