Siobhan Davies Studios, Celebrating Ten Years

Each month between January and December 2016 we have invited artists, writers, architects, curators and choreographers to share a memory or anecdote about Siobhan Davies Studios – their Studios Highlight. Share your memories with us on social media using #StudiosHighlight

Sanjoy Roy

December
Sanjoy Roy

‘Of several highlights, I choose one that’s easily overlooked: Primary Bank (2007/08). Taking Siobhan Davies’s work Bank (1997) as a template, local schoolchildren aged 9–10 followed the same creative process as her professional dancers had done, and performed the resulting piece throughout the building. It was a subtle and compositionally sophisticated work – and I have never seen a group of children look so focused, intent and alive.’
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Amy Harris

November
Amy Harris

‘My highlight has been the opportunity to present work in the building during Next Choreography Festival. Whilst the building bears testament to its history, its new purpose is recreated continually by its users and witnessing this dialogue inspired me to make work that mapped perceiver’s interactions with their environment.’
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Clare Twomey

October
Clare Twomey

‘ROTOR was my first time in the rehearsal studio, it was the moment I had seen two people work with their body as language. What I saw as impossible, possible, it was language. When Siobhan asked me to respond it required from me a newness that was drawn from where bravery sits. New things, seen and felt, new words said and felt. A fundamental moment I have picked up and taken forward with me, close to me’
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Marcus Coates

September
Marcus Coates

‘I was working with Henry Montes in our project A Question of Movement. It was the first time I had worked with a professional dance maker. We were with an elderly woman in her house and I was making a movement for her question and she gradually joined in the movement with her hands, which then directed my movements. It was a moment of spontaneous and poignant choreography.’
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Fiona Millward

August
Fiona Millward

‘In 2006, prior to the official opening of Siobhan Davies Studios, Independent Dance and 25 independent dance artists ‘christened’ the building within a Kirstie Simson workshop. It was both moving and joyful to witness those artists revelling in the beauty of the Roof Studio and embedding themselves into their new home.’
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Akram Khan

July
Akram Khan

‘The studio is my second home. Within the Siobhan Davies building, multiple processes are being developed, discovered and explored, and this is exactly that space one considers to be a home. I also relish the natural light that comes into the studios, that feeds our often tired bodies with energy. After all, the space inside the body (my first home) is equally as important as the space around the body.’
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Sarah Wigglesworth (Siobhan Davies Studios Architect)

June
Sarah Wigglesworth (Siobhan Davies Studios Architect)

‘My highlight is seeing the company develop its repertoire into new territories by using the building in unexpected and creative ways. This is a huge compliment to us as building designers.’
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Alistair Spalding

May
Alistair Spalding

‘My encounter with Table of Contents in Glasgow in 2014 was an unexpected delight. Dancers exploring through their memory their own personal dance archive, that became such an intimate and rewarding dance experience. Intimacy, honesty, humanity and revelation all features of recent works by Siobhan Davies Dance.’
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Independent Dance

April
Independent Dance

‘One of our standout memories of Siobhan Davies Studios programme is Is it madness. Is it beauty - Clare Twomey's first work featuring performance, as part of the collection of works that made up ROTOR. Amid the lively array of works filling the building, Gill Clarke’s sober, graceful performance created a mesmerising centre of gravity - an image that resonates still.’
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Shane Waltner

March
Shane Waltner

‘Creating a piece for three dancers ‘weaving’ the stairwell at the Studios in 2012 opened up a whole new line of enquiry for me, touching on how to choreograph making. It led to a number collaborations and exchanges with other dance and movement practitioners. Conversations just haven’t been the same since. ’
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Victoria Miro

February
Victoria Miro

‘In 2009, Siobhan Davies and I curated an exhibition together about contemporary art and dance. It was a collaboration which animated the spaces in an entirely new and unique way, both through the art works included and Siobhan's specially created choregraphy. I recall fondly how visitors looked at the show so differently to others - it was a dynamic experience.’
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Tammy Arjona-Wheeler

January
Tammy Arjona-Wheeler

‘As a JADE Fellow I was able to form an exploratory project with a fantastic group of people. The end result was a performance in and around the Studios, inhabiting various spaces with movement and sound. The experience of connecting with the building and people involved was long lasting.’
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