Choreographer Siobhan Davies curated four new commissions by dance artists paired with visual artists. They brought choreographic and visual practice into close contact and stirred together different ways of creating, resulting in work ranging from performance to installation and film.
“I asked each of the groups of artists to take time to get to know each other and discover how the other worked. I asked them to peel away the outer edges of their knowledge and reveal some of the small, vital particulars of their practice; to listen to each other and show the things that mattered to them as makers; to look under the surface for those enquiries that stubbornly remain questions. I commissioned them to create an environment where they could work together, without compromise. I wanted them to find a new making place where something could come into being which was totally relevant to their own development but unpredictable because of what the other had brought.” Siobhan Davies
Of the four commissioned dance artists, Henry Montes, Gill Clarke, and Sarah Warsop were partnered respectively with video and performance artist Marcus Coates, Turner Prize-nominated Lucy Skaer, and craft artist Tracey Rowledge. The fourth, Deborah Saxon, worked with Henry Montes and Bruce Sharp, who works in video, sound and drawing.
Siobhan Davies Commissions continues Davies’ approach of creating work to be seen at close range, and based on a dialogue between art forms. All of the pieces, including performance works, are on show for five hours daily, and visitors are free to arrive and leave as they please.