SOME TIMES at Siobhan Davies Dance Open Choreography
Review: Paul Hughes for DRAFF
Image: Anders Duckworth. Dancer: Tuan Ly
SOME TIMES will be my first full-length work, and a move to studio theatre (or similar) context. This marks a new phase of making: integrating materials of movement, writing and singing. The project develops ideas from past works around sociality or ways of being together, but is a move from the cognitively-driven installed works I have been making to a more content-driven work. SOME TIMES explores how shifts in scales can offer different possibilities of thinking about where we are in the contemporary moment. This happens through dances of electrons; evolutionary theories of cooperation and competition as scores to develop material; embodiment of geological time as a dance of tectonic plates; social dance such as in English folk dance and various ways of being together through geometrical / rhythmical organisation.
The project began in the UK in 2017 with r&d support from Arts Council England and South East Dance. It will continue in 2018 with support from Arts Council England, South East Dance, Jerwood Foundation, Dance 4, Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance.
It draws together 6 international performers and is developed through contact with additional artists in sound and live-coding, engineering/ media arts, game-design and lighting design.
How the dancers said that a dinosaur takes a whole day to do anything, and that this should be the name of the work.
Collaborators: Luke Birch, Christopher Matthews, Lena Kimming, Katja Nyqvist, Elisa Vassena and Tuan Ly.
Sound design: Jamie Forth
Light design: Lucy Hansom
Dramaturgy: Lou Cope