Film and video

Daria Faïn and The Commons Choir 

C O R E  M O T I O N is a performance and healing practice which New York based choreographer, performer and somatic practicioner Daria Faïn has developed over 35 years: It focuses on the alignment of the body and its relation to gravity through Qigong principles. It also entails an improvisation/composition practice, which uses mostly the Chinese 5 Element Theory to explore the correlation between the organs, senses, emotions, and the material space that surrounds us.

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Memory at work: Remembering Rosemary Butcher in the present tense 

Minus 24, a film for Rosemary by Gaby Agis and Silvy Panet – Raymond – click here to watch 


what_now festival 2014

Independent Dance’s series of WHAT festivals was initiated by co-director Gill Clarke in 2009. It is a platform for invited artist-curators to ask questions of dance, and through dance.

In April this year, as what_now 2014, the festival re-imagined itself as a public residency. Taking as its starting point the suggestion that artists need to construct new conditions for the realisation of community. Four invited guest speakers added their particular discourse. It was a festival of processes and activities, and addressed new forms of social organisation and production.

Four public talks addressed the thinking body and its potential in and for movement. The speakers were invited to talk about how attention operates, and how we direct ourselves and our thinking as full-blooded humans. Each speaker came to this discourse with a different approach, including philosophy, human geography, education and performance. Please click on the links below to watch each talk.


Derek McCormack | Friday 11 April 

Thinking and moving with atmospheric things

To move and think with things is to become responsive both to the qualities of those things and to their capacities to move and be
moved in different ways. In this talk, Derek McCormack uses the shape of a simple device – the balloon – as a kind of enabling constraint for thinking in movement. The talk revolves around a series of stories of the circumstantial excursions of the balloon as it becomes and does atmospheric things in a range of contexts.

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Caroline Bergvall | Saturday 12 April

Writing Gestures

At its root, the gesture of writing is a gesture of tracing. The writer starts to exist in this moment of tracing. As such the trace of writing isa performative act which can be connected to the temporality of a physical body. In this performative talk, Caroline actualises and expands on some of the material and philosophical questions that tie gestures of inscription to the development of a text, and in what ways performing a text can in turn inscribe the material shadows of physicality back into writing.

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Joris Vlieghe | Saturday 12 April


Joris’ work as a philosopher and as an educationalist concerns the revalorisation of human corporeality. He argues that moments during which we coincide with the physical side of our existence grant the opportunity to invalidate every societal structuring of individual and communal life, and to install what he has called a moment of ‘democracy of the flesh’. Joris is interested in the body taken in its full physicality – in a very literal sense: being-entirely-flesh.

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Laura Cull | Sunday 13 April

A(n Interrupted) Lecture on Attention in 9 Parts

What is attention? Can performance and philosophy (or indeed, performance philosophy) produce ‘counter-forms of attention’ (Crary) or operate as an ‘education of attention’ (Bergson) in the context of the contemporary attention economy? In this talk, Laura will be working towards a notion of ‘thought’ as neither exclusively the province of the mind nor of philosophy (as a metaphysical kind of vision or knowledge), but an embodied perceptual practice available to all.

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What_now festival 2013

what_now 2013 set out to unearth and explore the nature and significance of context in defining new developments in dance both in the UK and abroad.

Part of the program initiated a series of Skype conversations between various artists. Information about these conversations and links to watch these can be found below:

Jennifer Monson and Simon Whitehead (USA-Wales)

Simon met Jennifer Monson back in 2006. They have subsequently developed a friendship and joint line of enquiry into their shared interests in dance, ecology and a kinship with wild places and animals. They have worked, taught and walked together in Wales, Scotland, Spain and the USA.

Jennifer Monson has been pursuing an original approach to experimental dance forms since 1983. She has created a wide body of work that incorporates collaborative relationships with many artists including Zeena Parkins, DD Dorvillier, Yvonne Meier and Jeff Kolar. She has been meeting with Simon Whitehead in Wales, Brooklyn Scotland and Spain over the past several years to teach, discuss, sense and experiment in various kinds of creative and physical spaces.

Monson uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical, and aesthetic approaches to the natural and built environment.

Simon Whitehead is a movement artist living in rural west Wales.
Over the last 20 years he has developed a pedestrian performance practice, which has more recently taken him further away from home than he would like.

Simon has collaborated for 18 years with Melbourne-based composer Barnaby Oliver. Their most recent live work was Louphole, an offsite commission for Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys.
This public art work was the culmination of a long term enquiry into the behaviours and survival of the wolf and its extinction from Wales. The project examined ways in which the memory of this animal may still reside in embodied or folk idiom and how collective vocal performance may evoke recollection. Louphole constituted the first public ‘howl’ in the UK as well as a new marching piece for the Newtown silver band.
Simon lives with his partner and two young daughters in the village of Abercych, Pembrokeshire.  He is also a Craniosacral Therapist.

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Doran George and Eva Karczag (UK-It’s complicated)

Doran George is a scholar and artist completing a doctorate at U.C.L.A. on somatic training in contemporary dance. He is published in dance, film, and performance art journals and art publications, and has chapters in forthcoming Oxford University Press publications. Doran has chaired academic conferences, presented numerous symposia, and done independent programming such as through The International Transgender Film Video Festival, (UK and The Netherlands); Chisenhale Dance Space States of Play: nurturing radical dance practice, and most recently as part of the San Francisco This Is What I Want festival he created the symposium Slow Sex: Queer exit strategies from capitalist economies of attraction.
He teaches in universities, art colleges, and professional dance settings. For his performance work, Doran has received arts funding from L.A. Cultural Affairs, London Arts Board, Arts Council of England, British Council, Finnish Arts Council, as well as various venue commissions and regional funding.
Doran trained at the European Dance Development Center (NL) and completed an M.A. in Feminist Performance at Bristol University (U.K.)

Eva Karczag is an independent dance artist. For the past four decades she has practiced, taught, and advocated explorative methods of dance making. Eva performs solo and collaborative work internationally, and was a member of Strider (1973-75) and the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-85). She was on the faculty of the European Dance Development Center, (EDDC) Arnhem, The Netherlands from 1990-2002, has a Master of Fine Arts degree (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, VT, USA, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her performance work and her teaching are informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices including Ideokinesis, Taiji and Qi Gong, and Yoga.

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Sharon Smith and Jennifer Rosenblit (UK/Germany-USA)

Sharon Smith is based in Berlin working as part of the arts collective Gob Squad. Gob Squad works collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of work. They make performances, installations and videos which search for beauty in the everyday and try to explore the point where theatre meets art, media and real life. As well as theatres and galleries, they place their work at the heart of urban life – in houses, shops, underground stations, car parks, hotels or directly on the street. Everyday life and magic, banality and utopia, reality and entertainment collide in the work and the audience is often asked to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators.
As well as Gob Squad, Smith is part of an ongoing collaborative project called Max Factory. Max Factory has a post-feminist inclination, often using a stand up format to assimilate culturally codified systems of meaning to emphasise their arbitrary and fundamentally absurd nature, undermining the repertoire of images, ideas and assumptions about the female body as it is constructed within a commodity obsessed, media saturated culture.
Smith received a PhD in performance studies from Nottingham Trent University.

Jen Rosenblit has been working on making dances in NYC since 2005 and holds a B.A. from Hampshire College.  Rosenblit is from rural Maine, which always feels important in regards to understanding time passing.
In NYC she teaches improvisation and performance independently, through CLASSCLASSCLASS and through Movement Research.  Rosenblit’s work has taken her abroad to Denmark, Moscow and Milan.  Her work locates a space for being with audience in a contemplative theatricality.  She is currently interested in an improvisational approach to choreographic thought and ways of structuring bodies as they fall out of relation aesthetically and spiritually while still locating ways of being together.

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Jonah Bokaer and Robbie Synge (USA-Scotland)

Jonah Bokaer is the author of 32 choreographies, ten videos, three motion capture works, three interactive installations, two mobile applications, and one film. His work been produced internationally. Often created in museum spaces, Bokaer’s dances have been performed at The New Museum; MoMA PS1; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Asia Society Houston; the Museum of Arts and Design; MUDAM Luxembourg; Le Carré d’Art de Nîmes; and IVAM Valencia, among others. In 2008-2009 Bokaer became the first dance artist to be appointed a Young Leader of the French American Foundation, in acknowledgment of his efforts to develop Chez Bushwick, and CPR – Center for Performance Research, two independent arts centers which nurture young artists in New York City.

Robbie Synge’s interest in movement practices started in his early teenage years in the UK mainland’s most northernmost town, Thurso, where he trained to second degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won. While studying for a BSc Physiology at Edinburgh University, Robbie became increasingly involved in hip-hop culture and dance and has practised breakin’ consistently since.
Having originally worked in the science and education sectors in the UK and abroad, re-evaluation and chance led to the one-year programme at Laban in 2007/8. From London, Robbie toured and performed nationally with a number of choreographers including Rosemary Lee and Jean Abreu. Robbie’s teaching practice has taken him into diverse community settings with companies like Dance United and Candoco.
In London, Robbie made a number of small-scale choreographies with trained and untrained performers. Robbie has co-devised and delivered a number of large-scale community-based performances and film projects involving remote school groups, migrants, marginalized young people and many other groups.
The return to Scotland has reinforced a strong interest in the body’s relationship with the built and natural environment and has led to a number of performance and film investigations. In 2012 Robbie was commissioned to make Settlement for The Place Prize.
Robbie is currently engaged in co-devising a National Theatre Scotland/The Arches co-production The Riot of Spring with writer Rob Drummond and composer Peter Nicholson.

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Colette Sadler and Philipp Gehmacher (UK/Germany-Austria)

Colette Sadler was born in Glasgow, 1974. Trained in Classical Ballet at the Scottish Ballet, then completed a BA (Hons) at The Laban centre London. On graduation she was a member of Transitions Dance Company 94. She worked Internationally as a dancer between ‘95-2002 with choreographers including Jeremy James, Liz Aggis/ Billie Cowie, Bebeto di Cidra/Lanonima Imperial and with Cia Vicente Saez Spain.
Returning to Glasgow in 2002, she began to develop her own choreographic work creating a number of solo works in collaboration with CCA, TRAMWAY Glasgow and NRLA /New Territories festival. Since 2006 she is based mainly in Berlin and regularly tours her work to festivals and venues across Europe. In 2009 she was International associate artist at Dance Ireland in Dublin and since 2010 works in association with Dance 4 UK.
Since 2007 she focuses mainly on the creation of group works in collaboration with independent dancers, musicians and visual artists.  Choreographic works since 2007 include The Making of Doubt 2008 (co-produced by TRAMWAY) Musical 2010 (Co-produced by NPN joint adventures Munich), I not I 2012 (co-produced Jardin d’Europe) Variations One (on order and anarchy) 2013 ( Co-produced by Dance4) and We are the monsters, performance work for children (supported by Tanz Haus NRW Dusseldorf).  In Autumn 2013 she will be in residency at Critical Path in Sydney Australia.
Alongside her choreographic work she works on a free-lance basis giving workshops at institutions including the Royal Conservatoire Glasgow and HZT (BA course) Berlin.

Philipp Gehmacher lives in Vienna. in the absence, Holes and Bodies and embroyder were his first choreographic works, created between 1998 and 2000 in London. These were followed by the duo good enough (for the opening of Tanzquartier Vienna in 2001), mountains are mountains (2003), incubator (2004), das überkreuzen beyder hände (2006) and like there’s no tomorrow (2007).He began collaborating with US choreographer Meg Stuart in 2007, (MAYBE FOREVER and the fault lines, 2010). In 2008, he began work with visual artist Vladimir Miller (dead reckoning and at arm’s length). In September 2011 an invitation of the Leopold Museum lead to the installation grauraum mit Egon Schiele, and later that year, Gehmacher worked with Schauspiel Köln for the theatre project Das Erdbeben in Chili under direction of Laurent Chétouane.
He initiated the lecture Performance format walk+talk (Tanzquartier Vienna, 2008, Kaaitheater Brussels, 2011).
In 2001 he received a Jerwood Choreography Award and in 2009 the Austrian Advancement Award for Dance by the BMUKK – Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. July 2012 saw the premiere of Gehmacher’s new stage work, solo with Jack.

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Gaby Agis and Titta Court (UK-Finland)

Gaby Agis is one of the pioneers of collaborative performance in Britain, working with leading artists of her generation from other disciplines in galleries, museums and theatres. She founded Gaby Agis & Company in 1985 and the artists she has worked with are Turner Prize nominee Isaac Julien, sculptors Kate Blacker and Cornelia Parker, composers David Sylvian and Gavin Bryars, architects Muf, and the director Atom Eyogan.
For nearly twenty years Gaby has taught both Introductory and Ongoing SRT worldwide. Gaby enjoys teaching a wide range of students from long-term professional dancers to those new to dance. As well as teaching widely in dance institutions, Gaby has collaborated with students of architecture, theatre and the visual arts, and continues to be inspired by the possibilities that SRT brings to different communities. In 2010-11 Gaby was a faculty member on the certification programmes of SRT teacher trainings at both the Introductory and Ongoing levels. As a choreographer and dancer she finds SRT intrinsic to her creative process. Over the past thirty years she has created dance in many different environments from hospitals to opera houses to train stations to galleries.

Titta Court is based in North Finland by the Bothnian Bay in Tornio. She works very actively as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has worked as a professional dance artist since year 1991 after graduating from Theatre Academy Dance Department, Helsinki.
Many of her works are instantly composed in the moment of performing and they are very much inspired by the space and situation they are performed in. She has done many performances outside traditional performance spaces like on streets, parks, different public spaces, factories, private homes and old people’s houses. She has performed in many festivals, for instance Dance Festival Barents in Hammerfest, Body Navigation in St.Petersburg, Summer Dancing in Coventry, Kuopio Tanssii ja Soi in Kuopio, Lonely In The Rain in Joensuu and Fullmoon Festival in Pyhäjärvi.
She is known from her original dance works like solo production called Nylon made and performed in Nanso Group’s stocking factory in Tornio and Elli- The Cross Art Documentary in what she danced with disabled woman Elli Närhi.
Year 2011 she was certified as a teacher in Skinner Releasing Technique.

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