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New project from Siobhan Davies

Posted on October 5, 2010

Siobhan Davies Dance launches ROTOR, a programme of performances, sound installations and artworks by award-winning artists, including The Score, a new work by Davies herself. The Score has been filmed from above, its patterns becoming a “score” for nine invited artists to respond through their own art forms.

Photograph © Pari Naderi

Composer Matteo Fargion’s Songbook puts four dancers behind music stands, like singers at a rehearsal, and sends each one on a journey through a “33 page solo score for too many words, sounds and movements”. Playwright E V Crowe has written Live Feed, a collaboration with Davies that looks at the process of agreeing movement, and a recorded monologue. The other artists are Turner prize-shortlisted artist Angela de la Cruz, ceramicist Clare Twomey, poet Alice Oswald, artist Sam Collins, photographer Alexandra Hughes, artist and engineer Ben Tyers and artist Massimo Bartolini, who presents a new work at the South London Gallery. Live performances of the Davies, E V Crowe and Fargion works will be given at the South London Gallery on December 9. From November 3–14, ROTOR will be shown at Siobhan Davies Studios. The project then moves to the Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester, where it will run from January 28–February 2011. For more information, see the microsite siobhandavies.com/rotor

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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