DISPLAY

© Wellcome Trust 2016. dancers: Candoco Dance Company

What is exposed when we are exhibited? What is seen when we are shown? What do we hear when we listen in? DISPLAY combines opposites: the private and public, intimate and shared, exposed and hidden. Shifting between displaying and being displayed, between what is audible and what is visible, how much dare we reveal?

Working in the large galleries of the Wellcome Collection which brings together science, medicine and the arts, I was interested the act of revealing and exposure, looking to create a real encounter between performers as well as between performers and public. As exhibits for the evening, twelve dancers perform throughout the museum over four hours, bringing a fresh perspective to the Collection.

Collaborating with sound artists Tom Slater and Matt Lewis, I was interested in enhancing the sound of movement and touch and looking at what sound can reveal that our eyes may not notice. In an immersive sound installation, movement was translated into a soundscape and back into sensation. For the performance of the duet unknowing, the sound of the dancers' movements was captured and edited live and could be heard via headphones, and throughout the night, sound and movement were woven into the building's fabric.

 

6 May 2016, Wellcome Collection London, Friday Late Spectacular, 7-11pm https://wellcomecollection.org/events/friday-late-spectacular-display  

http://www.candoco.co.uk/home/productions/programmes-and-projects/past/friday-late-spectacular-at-wellcome-collection/


Curated and produced by Candoco Dance Company (Stine Nilsen, Pedro Machado)            
Choreography: Mirjam Gurtner                    

Movement devising/Performance: Adam Gain, Tanja Erhart, Laura Patay, Megan Armishaw, Joel Brown, Toke Strandby, Kathleen Hawkins, Erwin Aljukic, Sindri Runudde, Sophie Arstall, Leah Marojević and Christopher Owen
Sound: Tom Slater and Matt Lewis (call and response)
Thanks to Natalie Coe, Francesca Piddlesden, Scout Davies and the team at Wellcome Collection London

DISPLAY, 4 hour durational performance throughout the gallery // © Wellcome Trust 2016. dancers: Candoco Dance Company                                                                                                  

unknowing, duet performance, Wellcome library // © Wellcome Trust 2016. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen. Sound artists: Tom Slater, Matt Lewis.   

                                                                                                                                  

Sound of Display, sound installation by Tom Slater, Wellcome Forum  // © Wellcome Trust 2016

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unknowing

© Allessandro Schiaterella. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen

 

this duet looks at what we know about the other. What we think we know. What we don’t know. What we never dared to know. It questions how we can meet each other without any preconceived ideas, patterned replies, habitual responses. It is about the act of revealing. Exposure. Taking off the layers. What am I ready to share? How much dare I reveal? How much of me do I show to you? It is about you and me. Searching and falling and daring. Finding out. Here. Right now. Dare I search for my limits in an exposed state? Or lay bare yours? What becomes visible if we accept the possibility of failure?

 

Premiere 20/21 October 2015, Theater Roxy, Basel/Switzerland              http://www.theater-roxy.ch/index.php#spiel_90108                                           

Performances
6 May 2016, Wellcome Collection London (part of DISPLAY, Friday Late Spectacular)
 https://wellcomecollection.org/events/friday-late-spectacular-display                                                   

Artistic direction: Mirjam Gurtner
Movement devising/performance: Leah Marojević and Christopher Owen
Lighting: Minna Heikkilä
Costumes (advice): Elizabeth Barker
Trailer: Adam Gain
Photography: Johannes Gramm

Research: Aspire, Candoco Dance Company London                                                    Residency: Kunsthaus Essen 

 

© Johannes Gramm. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen

AUDIENCE RESPONSE (German)
„unknowing“ von Mirjam Gurtner (aufgeführt im Oktober 2015 am Roxy Theater Birsfelden)
Der ewige Tanz zwischen Nähe und Distanz
Das Stück zeigt Facetten einer Beziehung, die durch Annäherungen, Abweisungen und abermaliges sich-suchen-wollen gekennzeichnet ist. Kaum kommt das Paar zur Ruhe in diesem ewigen Tanz zwischen Nähe und Distanz, fast schmerzlich wartet die Zuschauerin auf Momente eines harmonischen Zusammenseins. Ganz ohne Musik fühle ich mich der Intensität dieser Beziehung unbarmherzig ausgesetzt - das heftige Atmen der beiden Tänzer wird zum Sound dieses kräftezehrenden Beziehungsreigens.
„unknowing“ überzeugt durch eine autarke und wirkungsstarke Bewegungssprache und äusserst sensible und technisch versierte Tänzer. Der Choregrafin gelingt es, ein tänzerischer Ausdruck von grosser Authentizität und emotionaler Dichte zu entwickeln. So wirken die Bewegungen nie gekünstelt und eröffnen im Laufe des Stückes Zugang zu einer ureigenen Bewegungswelt. In dieser offenbart sich eine intime Innenschau menschlicher Paarbeziehung - zurück bleiben der Eindruck tänzerischer Schönheit und verstörender Psychologie. 

Trailer unknowing

© Adam Gain. dancers: Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot, Christopher Owen

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Almost Everything

a reworking of the duet unknowing, performed in the intimate setting of a private apartment. Devised for 48-Stunden-Neukölln Arts Festival Berlin 2016.

 

24/25/26 June 2016, 48-Stunden-Neukölln Arts Festival Berlin                                                 http://48-stunden-neukoelln.de/de/event/almost-everything              

Artistic direction: Mirjam Gurtner
Movement devising/performance: Leah Marojević and Christopher Owen
Costumes (advice): Elizabeth Barker

 

© Franziskus Nakajima, Ariane Handrock. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen

© Franziskus Nakajima,. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen

© Franziskus Nakajima,. dancers: Leah Marojević, Christopher Owen