Commissioned for What Remains…Anatomy of an Artist by Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance 21-22 May 2016
Invited to return for the celebration of Gill Clarke's work and legacy 15 November 2016
Nor I is a solo work based on the use of stillness and repetition in Samuel Beckett’s work. Investigating the impact of repetitions on the human body and its traces in stillness, each movement builds upon the next, yet remains caught in an almost claustrophobic state. Reminiscent of a character in Beckett's texts, it leaves the performer lingering between cosmic calm and cosmic chaos, almost as if caught in her own head, repeatedly finding herself repeating stillness, repeatedly repeating.
Repetitions, explicit details, stillness, an interest in making and making and making again. And again. And again. A focus on the tiniest details- with a deeper intent than filmic precision. A constant focus on doing, redoing and doing again- something that may create a sense of cosmic calm-or cosmic chaos. Samuel Beckett, precision in repetition, detail and stillness. How do this repetition, stillness and detail affect the human body whilst moving? Or the remains in stillness? If stillness can be or if it is filled- filled with repetitions of stillness- is it still? Or repetitive? Or both? Is repetitive always moving?
Danceartist: My Johansson
Costume: Carina Johansson, My Johansson
Filmmaker: Todd MacDonald
Photo: Eleanor Chownsmith, Marina Collard, Stephen Wright
Thanks to: Kitty Graham, Kirsty Alexander, Gitta Wigro, all of the Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance team, Camille Desmarest, Michelle S. Lynman
Comissioned by: Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance
With further support of: The Midi Music company, Frilagret, Västra Fors Massage, Fresh Ground Battersea, The International Dance Programme – The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé’s International Programme for Dance Artists