Siobhan Davies Dance: Manual

8 May 2014 – 11 May 2014

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Turner Contemporary

Kent, United Kingdom


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The award-winning contemporary dance company Siobhan Davies Dance returns to transform our exhibition spaces by staging a live movement piece, choreographed with and performed by dance artist Helka Kaski. Manual demonstrates how we are experts in the movements which make up our daily lives. Dance artist Helka Kaski invites visitors of the current exhibitions of Edmund de Waal and Helen Frankenthaler to help her carry out a familiar action by giving her a series of verbal instructions, for example standing up from a lying-down position. As they work together to complete the task, it becomes clear that what at first may appear easy, is actually complex and extraordinary, often causing amusement and bemusement. Manual poignantly draws attention to simple movements, meticulously dismantling their timing and order. Do you remember Siobhan Davies Dance's performance To hand during our Carl Andre exhibition last year? Watch the film below — Matthias Sperling moved through the gallery, balancing on plastic cups! Expect to dazzled again on the last weekend of our Making Painting exhibition.

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