Mercurial Dance is an agency that creates and support participatory projects involving young people. This DVD is a showreel of the work produced between 2003-2008.
In 2014 Project O (Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small) began working with Charlotte Cooper and Kay Hyatt on a show called SWAGGA. The work is rooted in dance and draws on other performance traditions, including a live soundtrack by Trash Kit and original compositions by Verity Susman. This collaboration was remarkable because it featured untrained dancers with the kinds of political bodies – fat, queer, older – that are rarely treated as creative, expressive or worthy choreographic subjects. Over two years SWAGGA was refined and performed for audiences around the country. Katarzyna Perlak documented the process and in 2016 created SWAGGA: A Study On Camera, a creative response to the live performance. The result is an extravaganza of mess, antisocial emotions and intersectional feminist sensibility.
SWAGGA: A Study On Camera was first screened by the Live Art Development Agency in 2018 as part of the LADA Screens programme, a series of online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short videos, films and archival footage.
Manning extends her previous inquiries into the politics of movement to the concept of the minor gesture.
One of the contemporary art world’s most acclaimed mixed-media & performance artists, is the subject of this smart, sassy documentary that showcases her spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Bonus features include two deleted scenes.
Documentation from the 672 Hour Live Process Performance in Istanbul, 2018. Includes the poster, individual videos of performances, and a document with details on all performances.
Second edition of Material concerns itself with in/visibility in contemporary artistic practice, especially dance.
Publication made as part of a choreographic work investigating the relationship between theoretical, aesthetic and performing aspects of an artistic work. Includes two essays: ÆØÅ and Pointing back.
Film created as part of The Casement Project, a multi-disciplinary project about Roger Casement, a British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian.
Part of the Library of Performing Rights (P3041).
Brought together 75 UK based artists onto the Birmingham Hippodrome stage in a snapshot of the performing arts in 2016. Over the course of a single day they learnt and recreated the opening audition scene from the 1985 film 'A Chorus Line'.
Part of LADA Screens 12. The film was available online 9 - 22 June 2016 on the LADA Screens Channel. Includes two version of the video, in two different resolutions.
Reaffirms the central position of the body in various artistic practices through in-depth conversations with choreographers, composers, visual artists, hip hop artists, dramaturges, a light designer and a puppeteer.
On Tino Sehgal’s Ann Lee and the robotisation of the ageing body.