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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.

What to see at Dance International Glasgow

This month Siobhan Davies Dance have relocated temporarily to Glasgow to present material / rearranged / to / be as part of Dance International Glasgow (DIG). The biennial festival gathers together artists, performers and collectives from across Scotland and the world in celebration of movement and dance. Presenting our work at DIG has allowed us to explore our most ambitious work to date in a new context and discover new dimensions to the work.

You are invited to join us at Tramway in Glasgow to explore the work and consider how the mind and body work together to communicate through action and gesture. There is also so much more to explore over the coming week and if you are planning a trip here our top tips for what to see at DIG 2017.

Scottish Ballet: Digital Season Pop-up Exhibition

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Experience dance differently with Scottish Ballet. As part of their inaugural digital season Scottish Ballet are pushing the boundaries of ballet to explore digital realms. Through an ambitious season the company have explored ways in which digital tools can enhance or challenge a viewers experience. Explore their pop-up exhibition at Tramway during DIG.

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Rosalind

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Venture deeper into the modern metropolis, where conservative days turn into wonderous nights. Follow the curious and courageous Rosalind as she embarks on a pursuit of enlightenment, fuelled by love and oppression. Shakespeare finds a place in modern Britain via rising stars of dance from Korea and the UK.

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Listen Deep and Dance Free

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Friend of Siobhan Davies Dance Lucy Suggate bring her latest collaborative work with James Holden to DIG 2017. Lucy and James want to deepen the understanding of music and dance, each other as individuals and as a group, and to share that with an audience.

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Bizzoca/Chivas/Reid: Decline

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How do our bodies communicate? What draws our bodies together? And what pushes them apart? These question will be explored by Bizzoca, Chivas and Reid in a continuously changing and transforming performance. Questions will be asked and though answers may not be found, this fluid performance will offer a chance to delve into an inner world.

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Brocade

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Brocade celebrates energetic alliances between female dancers and musicians. Dissecting the points where craft, physical work, history and femininity meet through sound and movement. With an ensemble of female musicians and dancers Brocade explores themes through bold performance.

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Shadows and Light with Year 4 at St John the Divine

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For The Thinking Body project at St John the Divine, the children in Year 4 have been using their science and literacy time to explore ideas about shadows and light and how they inspire us to move. We have experimented with torch light and projections in the hall and shadows in the playground to notice the changes and distortions that occur depending on where the light source is coming from.

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We have created shadow duets and group work using the children’s new knowledge about mirror neurons and the role they play in helping us to copy movement exactly in order to learn and expand our movement skills. The children have also written acrostic poems using topic words to express their creative writing ideas and made silhouette artwork to capture the shape of their hand gestures.

We shared some of our discoveries in the KS2 assembly to celebrate the children’s 10 week journey of connecting their thinking and movement, exploring and channeling their fantastic energy and ideas.

 

‘I feel when I am dancing the amazing concentration coming through my brain’ by Yafiet

‘I felt happy because it was like all my problems flew away’ by Isaac

‘I felt so alive and active’ by Sumaiyyah

‘I liked everything because it was creative and enjoyable’ by Inayaht

 

‘We have had a fantastic thinking body experience!’ by all the children in Year 4

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When I dance I learn…

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After ten weeks in two different primary schools for The Thinking Body programme, I’m enjoying reading about the students’ reflections on what they have learnt. It was incredible following two classes over a prolonged period and seeing their individual and class journeys unfold during the weeks. Their class assemblies were a great way to share the process they had been through with teachers, peers and families, and to celebrate all they have done. Thank you for your commitment, inspiration, willingness, co-operation and creativity! Here are some more reflections from the students…

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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.

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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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