Alongside the installation Table of Contents, Siobhan Davies will discuss her past, present and future work with collaborator and neuroscientist Jonathan Cole.
Siobhan Davies is a renowned British choreographer, having created over 60 works to critical acclaim: twice-winning an Olivier Award, and others including Digital Dance Awards and a South Bank Show Award. She began dancing while a student at art college and soon joined London Contemporary Dance Theatre before founding in 1982 the pioneering company Second Stride with Richard Alston and Ian Spink.
Founding Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, she has consistently worked closely with collaborating dance artists to ensure that their own artistic enquiry was part of the creative process. By 2002 Davies moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and unusual locations, from an aircraft hangar to a white cube gallery. In 2006, the RIBA award-winning Siobhan Davies Studios opened, realising Davies’ long-standing goal of establishing a permanent base for her organisation and for independent dance artists.
The Studios are now a vibrant contemporary arts space in central London, filled with dance, film, visual art and craft, through a programme of exhibitions, performances and new commissions from leading contemporary artists.
Jonathan Cole is a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at Poole Hospital and a Professor in Medicine and Psychology at Bournemouth University. In addition to neuroscience research he has published several books on the experience of living with neurological impairment, including one on loss of movement and position sense. He has also collaborated with Andrew Dawson on a performance theatre piece on the consequences of loss of hand use, The Articulate Hand, and they are preparing a further piece on Chekhov’s visit to the penal colony on Sakhalin Island, The Russian Doctor. Since meeting Siobhan Davies some years ago they have been discussing the similarities and complementary nature of their approaches to the study of movement.
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