18 November 2011
Author: The Place
Bloomberg SPACE is painted white and is waiting, quiet and empty, to be filled. Thirteen choreographers, three film screens, a painter, three singers, a drum kit, four balloons, some scaffolding and several dancers are waiting in the background. It’s going to be a busy week.
Bloomberg SPACE has commissioned The Place to create a week long exhibition of dance. The Place, without hesitation, handed the job of making this happen to its Work Place artists and their collaborators – Tony Adigun and Avant Garde Dance, Rosemary Butcher, Ben Duke, Darren Ellis, Simon Ellis, Rosemary Lee, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Eva Recacha and Alejandro Ospina, Frauke Requardt, Luca Silvestrini, Vera Tussing, Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas.
The result, although largely still to be revealed (at 11am tomorrow morning), is guaranteed to be exciting and diverse. Dance will manifest in many forms - live performance, film, installation and participatory work – and along the way, the experience of the artists as makers and creators will be exposed: their set, their belongings and the physical remnants of their performance, becoming intrinsic to the exhibition.
The structure of the week is that artists will take over SPACE for a day and makes it their own; transforming the gallery with their work. Most of the work has been created specifically for Bloomberg SPACE gallery, with commissioned artists taking their artistic ideas out of the theatrical frame and planting them in a new environment.
Simon Ellis, a Work Place choreographer whose installation Booth: a dance fair will be installed on Friday 25th 11 – 2.30, has already made his own forecast: ‘There are just so many things I don’t know. It could be completely anarchic, but that’s not a problem.’ He relishes the thought. Of course, Ellis’s installation is meticulously planned and structured to the last detail, but by nature it relies on the participation of the gallery’s visitors and the outcomes are therefore less predictable.
Alongside the live interactions in the main gallery, visitors will be able to watch Filipe Alcada’s video installation Reassemble, a collaboration with choreographer Darren Ellis and dancer Hannah Kidd. The work merges together the bodies of a male and female dancer, and looks at themes of trauma and accidents on the body. Two more screens will continuously play dance films featuring fragments of some of the best dance works produced by many of the artists involved in COMMA 40.
It is set to be a rich, inspiring and very busy week – come and find out for yourself! I will be blogging with updates, interviews and information throughout the week, so watch this space.