Masako Matsushita (Italy) Saturday 25th March : Main Space
Masako Matsushita, dancer and choreographer, has shown her work in multiple venues and festivals around Europe including Neu/Now Festival, Its Festival, Festival Aperto, Sånafest and the 16th Quadriennale of Art in Rome. Her artistic work is an enquiry into the presence of the body; connecting culture with aesthetic, land with atmosphere.
UN/DRESS is a metaphorical performance that comes from the fusion of subject and object, it is a momentary state of becoming.
Concept and choreography: Masako Matsushita Original sound: Federico Moschetti Costume: Masako Matsushita and the women who gave their garments Photography: Paolo Paggi.
The howl of the old Leopardi
Iain Payne & Gabriel Moreno (Gibraltar) Saturday 25th March : Main Space
Iain Payne, dance artist and performer, has toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally for over 15 years. Gabriel is an accomplished singer songwriter and published poet, he has 8 collections of poetry published in Spanish and English. Both from Gibraltar, this is their first collaborative work together.
The howl of the old Leopardi is a quest for artistic voice, a partnership between a poet and a dancer. The performance proposes an intentional collision and synergy of spoken word and dance; action provoking word and word provoking action. How different alienations create a deeper sense of identity and purpose, stamping yourself in the world.
Choreographer: Iain Payne Performers: Iain Payne & Gabriel Moreno Composer: Gabriel Moreno Photography: Simon clode films
Marc Philipp Gabriel (Germany) Friday 24th March : Main Space
Berlin based performance artist working between voice work, installation, video and architecture from the perspective of dance and movement.
The performance AJIMA stages a character that oscillates between real and fake, private and public, quotidian and theatrical.
Choreography: Marc Philipp Gabriel Performance /Co-creation: Maija Karhunen Stage / Costumes / Stage management: Friederike Meese Concept / Lights / Video: Marc Philipp Gabriel
Trailer Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.
Alice Labant (France/UK) Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March
Alice Labant is a London-based dance artist. Her choreographic work derives from a desire to create a window between different art forms, leading to interactions between movement, digital, visual and sound artists.
Current Biopsy is a score based aesthetic and kinesthetic exploration of the ideas of layers and undoing. The movement is triggered by what sound and visual texture can create into space within the viewer imagination.
Choreographer: Alice Labant Performers: Alice Labant, Boris Labant, Caroline Hands Composer: Boris Labant Costume design and visual entity: Caroline Hands
A Blighted Life
Gavin Coward (UK) Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March
Gavin Coward is a dance artist based in the North or England, collaborating across diverse art forms including dance, theatre and film.
A Blighted Life is a multicultural cocktail of dance, raw physicality and fleeting commentary. Set to an eclectic soundtrack of Ethiopian Jazz, African beat, world pop and disco classics it explores the contrasting and conflicting attitudes towards gender and homosexuality from around the globe, where queer clashes with culture.
“Identity is an on going performance, not a static state” Grayson Perry
Choreographer: Gavin Coward Performers: Gavin Coward, Alicia Meehan and Patrick Ziza Composer: Artists- Mulatu Astatke, Miriam Makeba, Ebo Taylor, Ibibio Sound Machine, Jean-Luc Chevalier and Candi Staton. Sound design and editing- Gavin Coward and Daniel Thomas Costume design: Gavin Coward Photography: Laura Degnan and Sara Teresa
Gil Kerer (Israel) Saturday 25th March : Main Space
Gil Kerer is an independent dance and choreographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since 2011, he has created five original works which collectively have been presented in Israel, Croatia, Sweden, France, the Canary Islands, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark, USA and Uruguay.
Ultimately, Between Us is about intimacy. The duet is a dynamic and visceral search for new ways to experience desire and will. A consideration of how we can be genuine, vulnerable and naked, and dare to communicate it. Trailer
Choreographer: Gil Kerer Performers: Gil Kerer and Alex Shmurak Composer: Ori Avni ighting design: Dani Fishof Costume design: Rozi Cna'an Photography: Gadi Dagon Other: Content Developer: Anat Cederbaum
When you're smiling
Jan Möllmer (Germany) Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March
Choreographer Jan Möllmer and performer Uwe Brauns have developed several collaborative projects integrating performance and moving image. Both are full time members of the Folkwang Tanzstudio Company since 2014 and founders/collaborators with the Peculiar Man collective.
A man by unknown identity goes for a walk in a meadow and carries two pairs of shoes. Slowly, the man finds himself in a composition of images. He brings into being a story that shifts between reality and fantasy, and reveals an archive of personal memories and dreams.
Choreographer: Jan Möllmer Performers: Uwe Brauns Music by: Louis Armstrong Photography: Jan Möllmer Film: by Jan Möllmer and Uwe Brauns Film Editing: Jan Möllmer Production (both film and live version): Peculiar Man
Joe Garbett (UK) Saturday 25th March : Main Space
Joe Garbett is primarily based in London where he directs and choreographs work that explores the importance of unity, and the exhilaration from working with others to achieve a common goal.
No.Company. reveals the results of rehearsing alone and how different people interpret the same instructions. An ongoing project originating as a reaction to funding cuts for the arts, questioning sustainable rehearsal processes and highlighting the importance of collaborations. 6 choreographers, 4 performers, 2 duets, 1 performance.
Direction and Concept: Joe Garbett Photography: Clelia Vuille Performers subject to change!
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Hamish MacPherso Saturday 25th March : Main Space Sign up only! Ring 01273 201801 to book
London-based artist interested in the overlaps between choreography and politics. He makes workshops, games, performances, writings, images and other things in artistic, academic and community contexts. hamishmacpherson.co.uk
Doors open every 20 minutes for this participatory experience, welcoming each person for a 40 minute stay. Guests becomes hosts, for guests who become hosts, in a three hour chain of holding and caring.
A choreographic ecosystem shifting between hangout, performance, care-home, playpen, meeting room, cave, classroom and slumber party.
25th March only. Sign up to participate.
Starting hosts: Paul Hughes, Mira Kautto, Hamish MacPherson