The Performing Book took it’s starting point from the relationship a reader has to a book- how they can choose not to pick it up, skim through, turn back the pages, start at the end…I transposed the structure of this relationship to dance performance, creating a situation where the audience could alter the movement according to parameters tied to their own positions in space, their speed and direction. As the audience move past the dancers the dancers change how they perform their movements- dancing it in reverse, smaller and larger (increases and decreases in volume). The audience start to understand how they can play with the composition, by activating the dancing in different ways.
‘The Performing Book is a work that is both accessible and available for people to join, whilst remaining rigorous in its concept and immaculate in its performance.’
Becky Edmunds, South East Dance
Film by Lucie Sheppard. Images by Gorm Ahurst.
The Performing Book at Brighton Festival. Co-commissioning from South East Dance and supported by Arts Council England.
Cast: Lena Kimming, Alice Mackenzie, Vanessa Abreu,Stella Papi, Luke Birch, Elisa Vassena and Christopher Hutchings.
Images: Gorm Ashurst
The Performing Book, 2011 at Camberwell College of Arts. Dancers: Katja Nyqvist, Iris Chan, Katharin Cooper, Katie Keeble and Heloise O' Donoghue. Image: Matthew Tillet.
The Performing Book, 2011 at Camberwell College of Arts. Dancers:Susan Sentler, Alexandrina Hemsley and Alice Mackenzie.