For YARD 1961/2014, our 2014/15 mentorship dance artists Nicola Conibere, Janine Harrington and Robbie Synge are invited to present temporary performative and physical interventions within the environment.
YARD was first realised by artist Allan Kaprow in 1961 in the open-air sculpture garden behind the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York.
Within The Calder, the space is filled with hundreds of car tyres.
The interventions examine the formal characteristics of YARD as well as the social and political dynamics embedded in the work, while always allowing visitors to engage with the installation as they please. Remnants of each intervention will accumulate in the space as YARD progresses, adding to the materials that visitors are encouraged to use.
‘Robbie Synge, a Siobhan Davies mentorship dance artist, occupied the space for one day, enacting a series of utilitarian movements that blended audience and performer...gestures and actions reminiscent of the labour that once took place in the building, a nod to its industrial past...’ Kiera Blakey, thisistomorrow