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Promotional image for performance #nine. A blurry film still of Kate Brown and Nichloas Ridout in the studio.

Live Archive: # nine Fri 21 Oct 2022, 7.30pm and 8.45pm

A retrospective exploration of a 1998 performance by Kate Brown with Nicholas Ridout, as part of Artist Archive.

June 18 and 19 1998. Do they remember what happened then? 

‘Test the edge at which narrative begins to appear.’ 
‘Use the body as space; send information travelling through it.’

Guided by these instructions from notebooks, and by glitchy video recordings from 1998, Kate Brown and Nicholas Ridout turn their last documented collaboration – # nine – into a new retro-tech exploration of time, memory, action and narrative possibilities.  

Back then, there were slow and meticulous repetitions, a revolutionary radio station on a beach in Cuba, a cassette recorder, an orange light and an exit sign.  

October 21 2022. What will happen, now?

‘Memory is a field in which different times co-exist’
John Berger and Jean Mohr, Another Way of Telling, 1982.

In the Roof Studio


General: £5
Bursary: Free
Pay-it-forward: £10


# nine was originally created for ‘Ripe Nights at Union Chapel’, a programme of new work curated by Gaby Agis and Henrietta Esiri, in June 1998.

ABout the ArtistS

Kate Brown and Nicholas Ridout

Kate Brown has been making dance pieces since 1990, choreographing for theatre and opera, performing with improvisation collectives and dancing in other artists’ work. In 1992 she began collaborating with writer Nicholas Ridout, presenting work in London and New York City ranging from Over Two Legs (1993) for 23 dancers and footballers to # nine (1998) for themselves. She is currently experimenting with film, including in What’s up Buttercup? (London 2020) and during a Wainsgate Artist’s Residency (Hebden Bridge 2021).


Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is not power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets 
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave (not fully accessible) 

* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.