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Moving and Drawing Lab with Katrina Brown | Choreographing through the back
May 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm£30
Dance in Devon invites dance artists and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in choreography to join Katrina Brown in her Moving and Drawing Lab | Choreographing through the back.
This lab invites an interdisciplinary group of artists – dancers, visual artists, choreographers, writers – to explore a notion of the ‘dorsal’ as pertaining to the back, unseen surfaces of the body – and ‘moving through the back’ as a choreographic intervention in the general forward motion of our contemporary living.
We will work with simple choreographic devices for moving and drawing that bring attention to the back and its complex relations with spine, breath, surface, vision and time: exploring the ‘dorsal’ as a way of orientating to our bodies, to others and to our surroundings – and to time: moving backwards often manifesting as a slightly disorientating force.
We will physically investigate ideas of moving through the back with spatial scores and partner work and explore drawing as a way of translating sensations of the ‘dorsal’ to paper. The lab is interested in opening up the ‘dorsal’ as a poetic site that is emerging from the body and in working and moving together.
The lab shares ideas and starting points from Katrina’s choreographic project ‘tilt-rhythm-back: dances & drawings’ for gallery-like spaces.
All artists welcome. No previous experience of dance or drawing necessary. (18+)
Katrina Brown is a UK/NL-based choreographer working across movement, drawing and page-works (material and digital), engaged in a hybrid choreographic practice which produces different kinds of outcomes including public performance, drawing, still & moving image, writing and graphic scores. In artist-residencies at CAST Helston and Šilainiaproject Lithuania in 2017, she explored themes of body-place and disorientation; working with local residents in collective making processes, producing two artist booklets ‘Assembled’ and ‘Stilled’ for participants, audience and organisers. She uses modes of working between moving, drawing, writing and configuring objects as affective ways to develop material and share evocative choreographic ideas.
In 2018, she was awarded her PhD, an investigation of drawing as choreographic activity working with charcoal, paper, body & breath as precarious materials from which emerge temporary artworks – configuring performer-spectator relations, proposing a ‘quiet’ political presence of a performer working on the ground.
Her large-scale durational drawing scores have been performed in visual art contexts including ‘Draw to Perform’ at Fabrica Brighton, Goldsmiths London, MPA Festival Berlin and Extrapool Gallery NL. The performance-installation ‘what remains and is to come’ in collaboration with Rosanna Irvine performed in European venues including Veemtheater Amsterdam, Tramway Glasgow, KARST Plymouth, Backlit Nottingham, Sokolowsko Poland with their artist book was published 2014 through subscriber fees and Arts Council funding. Their video-work ‘surface/sphere’ was commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance/ID for ‘What Remains Festival; Anatomy of an Artist’ 2016.
- May 19
11:00 am - 4:00 pm