The Gallery will be open from 6pm. Performances will be running in the Gallery space between 6.30-7.30pm.
Dance artists Andersen and Skinner will each respond to 'The Elemental Force of Charcoal', drawing on their research interests. Andersen’s interest lies in improvisation and the potentialities found in physical interaction, whilst Skinner is interested in investigating the boundary between performance and art, art and artist.
Drawing and dance have a natural affinity, due in part to the play with line, gesture and movement found in both mediums. David Bomberg was influenced by experimental modern dancers early in his career in the 1910s and in 1919 produced an artist book, Russian Ballet, of abstract cubist studies of modern dance. This new dance commission acknowledges the relationship between drawing and dance, and is part of a strand of the Borough Road Gallery programme that invites new creative responses to A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.
Benjamin Skinner is based in Leeds and works as a freelance dancer, print designer and illustrator. He is currently undertaking the MA Creative Practice programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. His studies have given him the opportunity to investigate architecture, mark-making and methods of mapping space whilst remaining curious about materiality and the physicality of the artist. Skinner’s past projects include working as a dancer for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, as well as a performer for interdisciplinary projects, such as Yolanda Gutiérrez’s Dead Dance Zone at Kampnagel theatre in Hamburg, and Roger Hiorn’s Youth series at The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery.
Marie Andersen is a dance artist, improviser, performer, teacher and researcher who works across the disciplines of contemporary dance, somatic practices and life coaching. Born and raised in Denmark, she has been based in Leeds since her studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2005. Marie works freelance as a performer and teacher of dance improvisation in dance and music collective ‘Mathilde’. She co-organises and teaches for the monthly artist-led collective Improvisation Exchange Leeds. She is currently collaborating with Improvisation Exchange Leeds and the Leeds University School of Philosophy on a research project devoted to philosophy and dance improvisation. Marie is a yoga teacher, life coach, and a facilitator of the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process. At the core of her practice is an ongoing investigation into what unites the three practices of dance, yoga and life coaching. The principles they share, including active listening, non-hierarchy and breath, generate the poetics of her creative work. Marie started her MA Creative Practice in 2013 in order to explore and develop this poetics.