Choreographing through the back | Research Lab with Katrina Brown
May 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm£35
Dance in Devon invites dance artists and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in choreography to join Katrina Brown in her Choreographing through the back Research Lab.
This lab invites an interdisciplinary group of performers, visual artists, dancers, choreographers, writers to explore a notion of the ‘dorsal’ as pertaining to the back, unseen surfaces of the body and as a possible expansive intervention in the general convergent forward motion of our contemporary living.
We will work with and generate simple choreographic devices for moving, drawing and talking 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 – moving backwards often manifesting as a slightly disorientating force.
Participants will be invited to physically investigate ideas of moving through the back with task-based activities, and spatial scores as well as translating sensations of moving through the back in drawing tasks. The lab aims to open the ‘dorsal’ as a rich philosophical territory to explore and shape – and this directly accessible through and emerging from the body and in moving together.
The lab shares ideas and starting points from Katrina’s choreographic project ‘tilt-rhythm-back: dances & drawings’ for gallery-like spaces.
Everyone welcome (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