2 - 20 March 2011
Wednesday – Sunday 1pm - 5.30pm,
Thursdays 4pm - 8pm
Siobhan Davies and dance artist Matthias Sperling have been invited to create a new work for the Whitechapel Gallery. To hand is performed within Claire Barclay’s Shadow Spans installation over four hours a day for a period of three weeks. The work is informed by Davies’ and Sperling’s engagement with Barclay’s installation and the ideas behind her work.
"Matthias and I entered Shadow Spans and like every other visitor, we brought the outside world into the installation. Claire Barclay was ahead of us, she seemed to have relished finding out about how certain objects are crafted and her work already included exquisitely made things, each one re-imagined from activities, structures and materials found in the Whitechapel Gallery's present and historic environment. The individual parts as well as the whole exist in their time and their own variations of completion. Each object invites being looked at.
Matthias and I have been involved in several processes in order to find the particular durational presence our movement might bring amongst this stillness. We continuously came back to thinking about what Claire must have learnt in order to make her work and we concentrated on finding simple movements that need a complex collection of decisions to make each movement work and be noticed." - Siobhan Davies
Thursday 10 March, 8pm
Choreographer Siobhan Davies and dancer Matthias Sperling discuss the genesis and development of their response to The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans.
Free, no booking required.
- Live online rehearsal broadcast:
As part of the lead up to this new commission, a rehearsal was broadcast live online on 17 February, allowing viewers globally to explore the artists’ creative process. Siobhan Davies and Matthias Sperling discussed the work and answered questions from our audience, who sent in comments through social media platforms.
+ Watch a recording of the broadcast here.
With support from Catherine and Franck Petitgas and Siobhan Davies Commissioning Fund:
- Alison and Henry Meyric Hughes
- More London Development Ltd
- Paul Morrell
- Laura Phillips
- Helen Thorpe