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Siobhan Davies Dance is an investigative contemporary arts organisation, founded and led since 1988 by choreographer Siobhan Davies.

Watch this space for updates from our artists, curators, project coordinators and participants on a whole range of our projects.

Thinking Body Actions for Dance Literacy

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The Year 3 children at Vauxhall Primary School have been taking part in ‘The Thinking Body’ project this term and have been using their Thinking Body dance time to explore ideas for class literacy topics. Using the books ‘The Tunnel’ by Antony Browne, ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner and ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes, the children have experimented with creative methods of translating text into action, communicating through movement gesture and connecting their sensory imagination to their physical learning. Reflecting on their thinking bodies, here’s what they had to say…

‘I have learnt there are neurons in our brain which help us know what to do’ by Siham

‘I have learnt that there is liquid in our ears that when you turn around can make you dizzy’ by Adam

‘I have learnt how to fly in different ways’ by Rania

‘I’ve learnt how to move one side fast and one side slow’ by Abbas

‘I’ve have used words like jerky, stiff and tense to help me move like the iron man robot’ by McCkayla

‘With my partner I have learnt to be a shadow’ by Cristiano

‘I have learnt how to guide and help my partner’ by Monique

‘I am thinking while I’m dancing’ by Reehan

‘The dance has helped me with my literacy work’ by Khadra

‘I am able to make my body move stiffly like a robot’ by Ellie

‘I have learnt that choreography means to plan my duet’ by Ayman

‘We’ve learnt that our actions are connected to our thoughts’ by Abdirahman

We are going to make a film of the children’s work which will capture some of the creative outcomes to share with other members of the school community. The children have designed and collated storyboards to plan the film script.

Ellie's film storyboard
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Young Artists Feedback Forum: interview with choreographer Charlotte Mclean

The third in this series of interviews leading up to the Young Artists Feedback Forum! I spoke to Charlotte Mclean about her work in progress And, , in which she thinks and moves through the relationship between contemporary dance and physical theatre.

 

 

Thank you to Charlotte for agreeing to the interview! The Young Artists Feedback Forum is taking place on 5th March 2017, from 5-7PM, at Siobhan Davies Dance London, and it is organized by the Young Artists Advisory Group.  Come to see and feedback on exciting new works by young choreographers! £3 on the door and the bar will be open.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417211134997361/

And more information here: http://www.siobhandavies.com/whats-on/participation/-young-artists-feedback-for-2017/

 

Katharina

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Young Artists Feedback Forum: interview with choreographers Jay Yule & Tommy Cattin

This is the fourth and last interview I conducted with choreographers who will be showing their work at the Young Artists Feedback Forum this Sunday, 5th March.

A relationship between two people, in close proximity, how do they negotiate each other?

I spoke to Jay Yule and Tommy Cattin about their work in progress Sorry Flowers Die, in which the two of them deal with questions around closeness and honesty, while using only one word spoken out loud – ‘sorry’.

 

 

Thank you to Jay & Tommy! To see and give feedback on their work, come join us at Siobhan Davies Dance London on 5th March, 5-7PM. £3 on the door, and the bar will be open!

Find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417211134997361/

& more information here: http://www.siobhandavies.com/whats-on/participation/-young-artists-feedback-for-2017/

This event was organized by the Young Artists Advisory Group! To find out more about us: http://www.siobhandavies.com/work/youth-advisory-group/

 

Katharina

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Young Artists Feedback Forum: interview with choreographers Amy Cartwright & Erica Moshman

Leading up to the Young Artists Feedback Forum on Sunday 5th March, organized by the Young Artists Advisory Group, I wanted to talk some more to the choreographers who will be showing their works in progress, and find out about the ideas behind their work and the process of making it.

Can technology and the human body co-exist and move successfully in a shared live performance space?

The second in this series of interviews is with Amy Cartwright & Erica Moshman, on their piece As Yet Untitled, which combines computational choreography with live movement and questions the nature of the interaction between the two.

 

Thank you to Amy & Erica! Join us on Sunday 5th March at Siobhan Davies Dance London to see and feedback on their work, and on other exciting new works by young choreographers. From 5-7PM, £3 on the door, and the bar will be open.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417211134997361/
More info here:
http://www.siobhandavies.com/whats-on/participation/-young-artists-feedback-for-2017/

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Copy and Pasting images in movement – With Lea Anderson

Pictures in fashion magazines look weird enough. But what if you cut off half the picture then recreated it ? This was the main focus of our NC session today, led by the amazing Lea Anderson.

Initially, the task seemed simple – look at the picture, copy it. Soon enough we realised the intricacy and precision involved in copying an image – the focus of the subject, the angle, the position of the feet, hands, shoulders, the expressions. To add to the complexity, the photos had all been cut and pasted in various ways – some were just the faces of models, others a knee and a hand, one was just feet. This left us with the freedom to decide what to do with the rest of the body if it was not specified in the photo.

The most startling result of this session was watching how different everyone one’s responses were. We worked in pairs, and everyone followed the same set of images in the exact same order. Yet, each pair has such completely contrasting ideas and methods of copying. Despite this, we could all identify the images each pair did, and when one pair were stuck and asked ‘Which picture comes next?’, we all knew exactly where in the sequence the pair were and which picture came after it. The images could be clearly seen in each pair but the transitions and context of them were completely individual.

This idea of sequence and identifying patterns has left me wondering at what point does one image end and another begin ? Can we ever copy ? What is it about each image that made it recognisable in the different pairs ?

Thank you Lea !

Stella

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