Alexis investigates: Dance and visual arts. Article Two. Coffee with Stephanie Rosenthal, curator of MOVE: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery.
29 October 2010.
If the ‘man in the street’ had the sensory perception of a dancer how much time would be saved on the tube? On route from our office near Sadler’s Wells to the Hayward Gallery, I noticed that the majority of people use only their eyes to navigate the world, and seldom hear you are near them, let alone sense on which side you are closest. Weight held off centre, and with little awareness of their limbs or wheelie suitcase, stopping suddenly is disastrous. I experience the world through all my senses and, seeing the level of sensory perception used by the majority, it is not surprising that I have struggled to articulate my perspective for most of my artistic career. MOVE: Choreographing You has said it perfectly and validated not only a crucial line of enquiry in the arts, but also a whole section of the populous that see through their bodies, not just their eyes. I met Stephanie Rosenthal for a coffee and a chat about the show.
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Alexis Investigates: Dance and Visual Arts. Article One: A Visit to Siobhan Davies Dance Company.
11 October 2010: I visited Siobhan and dancers: Annie Lok, Charlie Morrisey, Lindsey Butcher and Andrea Buckley at the beginning of week seven in their ten week rehearsal period. As I arrived on that Monday morning and was lead up to the Roof Studio by Siobhan I was immediately struck by the sense of calm that I found inside. The four dancers had brought with them various combinations of costume to suggest to EV Crowe (the Playwright) later that afternoon and the shopping trip to get them had been, by all accounts, something like a family outing. The atmosphere was one of focused hard work and delight in working together.
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