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Siobhan Davies: Table of Contents

Posted on January 7, 2014

table of contents by pari naderi

table-of-contents-by-pari-naderiSiobhan Davies Dance will collaborate with three leading UK contemporary art venues this spring. The company will be at the ICA from January 8 to 19, at Glasgow’s Tramway from January 29 to February 2 and at Arnolfini in Bristol in April.



Table of Contents is a live installation exploring how dance is archived and how different art forms build on their own history. Using Davies’ own history as a choreographer and dancer as a starting point, it will reflect on the concept of archiving dance. It features five collaborating dance artists, Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and Matthias Sperling, who will consider their own history and memory. How does a potentially ephemeral art form create a lasting presence, and how is embodied movement passed on, captured or remembered?


The audience will mingle with the dancers in a work that shows process, unraveling dance and choreographic thinking, seen up close in a gallery space. Davies and her collaborators will create a kind of live encounter or exchange, deliberately breaking barriers between audience and performer.


The installation is open entry, so the audience can come and go as they wish. 


At the ICA, several events have been programmed alongside Table of Contents.


On January 10, there will be a lunchtime discussion with Siobhan Davies and professor of dance history Ramsay Burt.


In The Dreary Ooze on January 15, neurophysicist Jonathan Cole argues that existence is performance through action, and discusses impairment of movement.


On January 17, the Friday Salon has the title Archiving Today, debating the challenge of archiving live work.


A catalogue for Table of Contents, including an essay commissioned from Ramsay Burt, is on sale at the ICA bookshop. 


Photograph: Pari Naderi




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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