Archive for July, 2012

July 29, 2012

INSPIRATION | Liz Rhodes: Light Music

Images: Light Music | Liz Rhodes @ The Tanks, Tate Modern 2012.

Light Music is an innovative work presented originally as a performance that experiments with celluloid and sound to push the formal, spatial and performative boundaries of cinema. An iconic work of expanded cinema, it creates a more central and participatory role for the viewer within a dynamic, immersive environment.

Formed from two projections facing one another on opposite screens, Light Music is Rhodes’s response to what she perceived as the lack of attention paid to women composers in European music. She composed a ‘score’ comprised of drawings that form abstract patterns of black and white lines onscreen. The drawings are printed onto the optical edge of the filmstrip. As the bands of light and dark pass through the projector they are ‘read’ as audio, creating an intense soundtrack, forming a direct, indexical relationship between the sonic and the visual. What one hears is the aural equivalent to the flickering patterns on the screens.

Light Music is projected into a hazy room – the beams that traverse one another in the space between the two projections become ethereal sculptural forms comprised of light, shadow and theatrical smoke. This format is designed to encourage viewers to move between the screens, directly engaging with the projection beams, forming a set of social relations in which cinema is transformed into a collective event without a single point of focus. Light Music occupies an important threshold in film history, drawing on early experiments in ‘visual music’ from the 1920s by pioneers including Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter and Walther Ruttmann, and subsequently opening cinematic practice up to a host of concerns from gender politics to phenomenological experience.

Lis Rhodes (born 1942, London) is a major figure in the history of artists’ filmmaking in Britain and was a leading member of the influential London Filmmakers’ Co-op.

July 28, 2012

WISE MAN | Charlie Dixon Dance Company


Technical rehearsal @ Arts Theatre, London.

Wise Man is the current work of CDDC exploring the themes of Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selections and a fight for survival.

This highly demanding animalistic piece is full of energy but with many hidden details and extremely technical qualities to explore. Manipulating the body to create newfangled visually pleasing material, pushing limits to the max with explosive bodily movement. Five fierce dancers journey for a fight for existence, how species intertwine and relationships develop.

CDDC is a dynamic contemporary dance company based in London, under the artistic direction and choreography of Charlie Dixon.

New to the dance scene CDDC has a great desire to create a newfangled style, with five astounding dancers facilitating the human body to the maximum; creating physical high powered movement, vibrant articulation all with hidden intricate detail.

July 27, 2012

BRUTE | Tom Bowes Dance


Technical rehearsal @ Arts Theatre, London.

BRUTE follows four peculiar characters who delve into the uncertainty of the unknown. They displace the ordinary and hoard past happenings. Ensnared by animal qualities and human desires, Brute makes inquiries into decision and discovery.

Tom Bowes Dance is a newly developed collective that presents the creative work of Tom Bowes. Their work emerges through collaboration, chance and play, ultimately providing quality contemporary dance performance.

July 23, 2012

Independent Dance

Images from Graduate Fortnight for a new brochure for Independent Dance, taken in the roof studio at their base at Siobhan Davies HQ.  The only brief was to show movement and to obscure the identity of the participants…..these are the results!

In collaboration with Siobhan Davies Dance, ID is developing its programme to foster greater international exchange, raise the profile of independent artists’ practice, and embraces opportunities that enable artists to interact with a wider artistic and cultural field and contribute to the growth and evolution of the art form.

July 19, 2012

BIG DANCE | Big Top Tent | Social Dance Day


These images were taken at the Social Dance Day at Big Top Tent @ Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Featuring workshops in ballroom and sequence dance, taught by Thomas Michael Voss, followed by a social dance. Again, hosted by English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Good too see a few familiar faces there.

July 18, 2012

BIG DANCE | Big Top Tent | Cabaret Day

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Highlights from Cabaret Under Canvas last Monday @ Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  Featuring dance and circus acts plus a live band, hosted by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. The Artistic Directors of Balletboyz were recently awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours.

The stellar line-up of acts included English National Ballet, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein,  Olivier Award-winning Hip-Hop Dance Company Boy Blue Entertainment, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Hoop La LaRambert’s youth dance company Quicksilver, Blueprint Bursary winner Cathy Waller, Matt Hennem’s Liquid Crystal, Mid-American Pom Pons, Lotus Youth Dance Company, AD Dance Company and the Levantes Dance Theatre.

Supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the event is part of the Greenwich Festivals, Big Dance and the London 2012 Festival.

Big Dance is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, Foundation for Community Dance and a network of Big Dance Hubs. The programme in London is funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, with additional support from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London. The UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance ran from 18 May-15 July 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival.

July 17, 2012

BIG DANCE | Mid-American Pom Pons


Photographs taken at Big Top Tent Cabaret Event @ Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance and the Royal Borough of Greenwich hosted four days of Big Dance activity alongside Dance GB at the Greenwich Summer Festival.

July 15, 2012

BIG DANCE | Brazil Day

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Carnival spirit comes to Wandsworth Park in London today.

July 13, 2012

BIG DANCE | Éva whirling!


Strictly Gypsy @ Dogstar, Brixton, London. Part of Big Dance 2012.

July 7, 2012

The Mudhead Dance | Adam James

The performance hopes to scratch in the dirt

The performance hopes to celebrate the forgotten

The performance hopes to bring the outsider inside

The performance hopes to stir-up the sediment

The performance hopes to soak up the gravy

The performance hopes to upturn the skip

The Mudhead Dance is inspired by past and present ideas of shamanism, sacred ritual and the role of sacred clowns (or ‘Mudheads’ of the Pueblo Indian culture).

The project has two outcomes: a live filming event that public audiences can share in the spectacle of at V22 Workspace in Bermondsey (where these photos were taken) and the screening of the finished film itself at various venues around London and the UK.

www.mradamjames.com