Following performances earlier this year at ICA, London and Tramway, Glasgow, Siobhan Davies Dance are travelling to Arnolfini, Bristol to show their new work.
Table of Contents is a live movement installation co-created by Siobhan Davies, Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and Matthias Sperling, each using their own history as a choreographer and performer to question how dance is archived and how different art forms build on their own history.
Resembling a form of movement laboratory, a series of evolving choreographic situations take place in a shared space between performers and audiences. The work offers the possibility of a live dialogue to experience and consider how the past reveals itself in our present actions.
Using the archive of Siobhan Davies Dance as an initial but not exclusive starting point, Table of Contents explores what archival dance material could look like and how it could be experienced. Each of the artists delves into material from their past using choreography, verbal commentary and humour to question how we remember and retain movement. Concepts of archive and choreography are a constant reference point, from investigating dance history to looking at the human body as an archive.
Table of Contents is a collaboration between Siobhan Davies Dance, the ICA (London), Tramway (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol).
11am – 6pm (Thursday 1pm – 8pm)
‘Table Of Contents is an engaging insight into dance’ Siobhan Murphy, Metro
‘It’s cumulatively absorbing; it rewards your attention.’ Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard
‘If anyone can boldly go where no choreographer has gone before, it is she.’ Alison Gunn, The Financial Times
‘With no set, costumes, lighting, music or context, all that remains is the choreography and a rare chance for us to climb inside a dancer’s head.’ Kelly Apter, The Scotsman
‘Table of Contents presents a way to rethink the notion of the dance archive – asking where, indeed, a dance archive is located, if not in the body itself.’ Laura McLean-Ferris, Art Review
‘There really is no conventional niche suitable for this latest project by Siobhan Davies Dance - so let’s just applaud the visionary curiosity that powers it, the itch to bridge the distance between performer and audience by bringing them together in an open (and free) process of sharing. ’ Mary Brennan, The Herald
‘Table of Contents is engagingly ambitious in the questions it wants to provoke about what dancers do and how they do it, and it manages to speak to insiders and novices alike.’ Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
‘Over the last decade she has moved away from such established practices and, through a series of collaborative and curated works designed for exhibitions and galleries, has been taking dance into the art world and art into the dance world....’ Sanjoy Roy interview with Siobhan Davies, Run-Riot
Sat 26 Apr 2014, 2pm
Making it Visible: a panel discussion
Sat 26 Apr 2014, 1–5pm
We Are Family Workshop
Wed 23 Apr 2014, 6.30–7pm
Siobhan Davies in Conversation at Arnolfini, Bristol
£6 / £4
Wed 2 Apr 2014, 5–6.30pm
Siobhan Davies in Conversation with Ramsay Burt
De Montfort University, Leicester
Mon 17 Mar 2014
Table of Contents Workshop