Table of Contents
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).
‘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
‘It’s an ever-changing work of art and an intriguing exercise both in terms of understanding the memories of past choreography that remain in the body.’ LondonDance, Graham Watts
‘Table Of Contents is an engaging insight into dance’ Siobhan Murphy, Metro
‘The space fills up with dancers moving, with their weighted words and the attentive gaze of the audience. In its inviting simplicity, the gallery resembles a different kind of rehearsal room; there is no mythologisation of the body or of narrative of practice here, yet neither is the openness too broad, too unengaged.’ Diana Damian Martin, this is tomorrow
‘I don’t think Table of Contents is a solution...but it is a way of bringing things up in our consciousness as performers, and involving the audience in that.’ Kelly Apter, The List
‘By using the art gallery as a context, Davies creates an environment where these conversations about the past will continue their arc into the future, like new stars on a journey. If anyone can boldly go where no choreographer has gone before, it is she.’ Alison Gunn, The Financial Times
‘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
‘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
‘It’s cumulatively absorbing; it rewards your attention.’ Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard
‘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
Performance, Arnolfini, Bristol, 23–27 Apr 2014
Siobhan Davies in Conversation, Arnolfini, Bristol, Wed 23 Apr 2014, 6.30–7pm
Arnolfini, Arnolfini, Bristol, Thu 24 Apr 2014, 8pm
We Are Family Workshop, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 1–5pm
Making it Visible: a panel discussion, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 2pm
ICA London, 8–19 Jan 2014
ICA Table Of Contents Workshop, Mon 2 Dec 2013