The first NEUROLIVE Salon offers a chance to talk with and hear from the artists who are currently creating the project’s first commissioned work.
Choreographer Seke Chimutengwende is in the process of creating Detective Work in collaboration with dance artist Steph McMann, leading towards their upcoming performances at Siobhan Davies Studios in November. In this Salon, they will be in conversation with Matthias Sperling (Artistic Director of NEUROLIVE) and Guido Orgs (Scientific Director of NEUROLIVE) about what they are working on and how they are finding the process so far.
NEUROLIVE Salons are an occasional series of conversations exploring artistic questions and perspectives around the 5-year NEUROLIVE research project. Each Salon invites one or more guest artists to open up conversations on different ways of understanding liveness and its investigation, and welcomes anyone interested in the artistic aspects of the NEUROLIVE project to attend and join the conversation.
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Seke is a choreographer, performer, movement director and teacher. Seke studied dance at Lewisham College 1999 – 2001 and London Contemporary Dance School 2001 – 2004. He has performed for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog and has performed solo and group improvisations internationally since 2006. His choreographies include The Time Travel Piece (runner-up Place Prize 2012) and Black Holes, a collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley (British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase 2019). Seke is currently researching a new group choreography looking at ghosts and haunted houses as metaphors for how histories of slavery and colonialism haunt the present. Since 2018, Seke has worked as a movement director for theatre productions at The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Gate Theatre. Seke teaches improvisation and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School and The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Steph is a dancer, movement and rehearsal director from London. She works as a performer with makers including Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Lucy Suggate, Oona Doherty, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Janine Harrington, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Jamila Johnson-Small amongst others and most recently performed with Jamie xx at All Points East festival, London.Steph’s TV and film work includes His Dark Materials (2019/20) GoT (prequel, 2019) World War Z (2013), assisting Alex Reynolds and Suspiria (2018) with Damien Jalet. She is a past Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist and a movement & rehearsal director for dance, film, theatre and circus, including Liz Aggis and Acrojou. She has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre as Rehearsal Director (maternity cover from Nov 19-Feb 20) and Movement Director (cover) for the film Louis Wain (2020) and upcoming projects during 2021/22.Steph is dancer/co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski & Flora Wellesley Wesley, with their last commissions include work by Deborah Hay and Eleanor Bauer.