This page is dedicated to pieces of work, artists and different ideas we like and would like to share with you… and likewise, if you would like to share something with us, please post it in the comments below…
Dance About Architecture: Tanja Liedtke
Click on the image for the link to see a review of choreographer Tanja Liedtke’s work with dance and architecture in 2009. I love this photograph of the piece, its dynamic, serene and daring all at the same time. Liedtke’s interpretation of working with architecture is different to our own, however, its fascinating and totally compelling. Take a look!
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard (1958)
The Poetics of Space is written by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard and explores ideas based on everyday spaces we inhabit, including how one’s thoughts, memories and dreams are shaped through our lived experiences in the home, shell and nest. Bachelard related the home space to that of cosmic space and makes comparisons between House and Universe. We like the way this connects our nature as human beings to everyday spaces and structures. Click the image for more about this book..
A Widening Field by Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay
A book for the imagination and fascination working with the body, images and the nature of all the artistic disciplines. I am currently reading this book (or dipping in and out as the authors suggest), its hugely inspiring and I would recommend this, and other books by these authors to anyone wishing to explore their creative mind! Miranda Tufnell is from a dance background, and Chris Crickmay is trained as an architect and works in visual art. Click the image to see more..
Miru Kim, Visual Artist
Miru Kim is a photographer and visual artist from Seoul, Korea, based in New York City, she works with disused spaces she finds in cities all over the world in her project Naked City Spleen. I really love her photographs in this series, where she sets up the camera and places herself naked within the frame of the lens, among the debris of the location. Her single human body is such a beautiful layer to the image surrounded by what becomes beautiful as well from her presence. Click the image for her website…
Dog Kennel Hill Project
Recently, I went with a friend to see Dog Kennel Hill Project performing Figure, Stuck, Stuck at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, a response to the installation piece in the gallery by Claire Barcley, with sound by Jules Maxwell. The performance was incredibly inspiring, three performers and a sound artist, create a naturally human and real landscape amongst constructions that are responses to buildings in East London, beautiful! Click on the image for their website, and here for a video of them working in the space…
I came across Tony Hornecker through a friend who was performing with him in his latest performance at The Royal Opera House of The Pale Blue Door. I love the DIY nature of his designing and creating beautiful constructions, in which magical and wonderful experiences can happen with live performers inhabiting the spaces while audience members are free to roam and discover. Click the image for a link to his blog, and here is a film by Tom Ellis from another construction in Berlin…
Dance, Space and Subjectivity by Valerie A. Briginshaw
This book explores the roles dance and space play in constructing subjectivity. It is a truly fascinating read, with in-depth investigation into connections between pieces by different choreographers to create alternative subjectivities. I love the detail in the descriptions and analysis of the pieces in relation to each other and current theory.
Quotations We like…
“Nothing is wasted!”
Jacky Lansley, in conversation with Katie Keeble, 2010.
“There are no mistakes.”
Rick Nodine, teaching improvisation at LCDS, 2003.
“Things that appear complex when you see them may be rendered simple when you hear them, and things that are complex when you hear them may become simple when you see them. We call these two kinds of rhythm visual rhythm and aural rhythm. Placing these two rhythms together creates a thing called choreography.”
From ‘Cheap Lecture’ by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, in A Choreographer’s Handbook by Jonathan Burrows.
“When you are working, everybody is in your studio – the past, your friends, the art world, and above all your own ideas – all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.”
John Cage (Guston by Robert Storr, 1986) in A Choreographer’s Handbook by Jonathan Burrows.