Previously at the ICA - Events
18 Oct 2014
Siobhan Davies Dance perform Table of Contents (12-6pm), in a rare opportunity to see this work again following its inaugural performance at the ICA in January 2014.
Table of Contents is a live movement installation co-created by Siobhan Davies, Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and Matthias Sperling, each using their own history as a choreographer and performer to question how dance is archived. Resembling a form of movement laboratory, a series of evolving choreographic situations take place in a shared space between performers and audiences. Using the archive of Siobhan Davies Dance as an initial but not exclusive starting point, Table of Contents explores what archival dance material could look like and how it could be experienced. Each of the artists delves into material from their past using choreography and verbal commentary to question how we remember and retain movement. Concepts of archive and choreography are a constant reference point, from investigating dance history to looking at the human body as an archive. Table of Contents is a collaboration between Siobhan Davies Dance, the ICA (London), Tramway (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol).
Siobhan Davies (CBE) is a renowned British choreographer, having created over 60 works to critical acclaim: twice-winning an Olivier Award, and others including Digital Dance Awards and a South Bank Show Award. She began dancing while a student at art college and soon joined London Contemporary Dance Theatre before creating in 1982 the pioneering company Second Stride with Richard Alston and Ian Spink. Founding Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, she has consistently worked closely with collaborating dance artists to ensure that their own artistic enquiry was part of the creative process. By 2002 Davies moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and alternative locations. In 2006, the RIBA award-winning Siobhan Davies Studios opened and is now a vibrant contemporary arts space in central London, filled with dance, film, visual art and craft, through a programme of exhibitions, performances and new commissions from leading artists. Recent works have been presented at Arnolfini (Bristol), the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), the ICA, The Roundhouse and Whitechapel Gallery (London), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Ikon (Birmingham), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Tramway (Glasgow) and Glasgow Museum of Modern Art.
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