Enter a new dance environment
First UK tour of screen based dance installation and new media work
Visitors to the first ever Capture Installations Tour will be entering a brand new art domain: dance working at the interface of technology and new media.
Collaborations between filmmakers, video artists and dance practitioners will blend sound, movement and image to offer audiences total sensory immersion. Some of the works are interactive, extending the experiential possibilities still further.
The Tour presents a selection of works created in response to an Arts Council England annual commissioning scheme, initiated in 2001 to develop the contemporary dance genre. The dance moment, the physical performance - usually seen live for a split second and then gone forever – can in this format be captured and suspended, worked and re-worked, sampled and offered up for audience interaction.
Perhaps the most radical work is ‘Men in the Wall’ by choreographer / performers Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie whose roots are in both cabaret and punk. Their life-size installation disorients the viewer, since the 3D dance figures seem to be in the room rather than on a screen. This manipulation of space gets to the very core of the Capture concept – staging dance at one remove from live performance.
Portland Green, Tour producer and curator of the upcoming fourth year of the Capture commissions, said: "While the dance content in these installations will appeal to dance lovers, we are also hoping to reach a new audience that normally gravitates to the visual arts, computer gaming and the club scene.”
The seven works in the Capture Installations Tour are:
Infected, UK, 2001 by Gina Czarnecki and Iona Kewney <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#infected>
WarStars, UK, 2001 by Bruno Martelli and Ruth Gibson – Igloo <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#warstars>
Bodysight, UK, 2001 by Sophia Lycouris and Konstantinos Papakostas <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#bodysight>
Waterfall, UK, 2002 by Richard Lord <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#waterfall>
Electric Fur, UK, 2002 by Carol Brown and Abigail Norris <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#electricfur>
Men in the Wall, UK, 2003 by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie <http://www.portlandgreen.com/captureinstallations/works.html#meninthewall>
Vanishing Point, UK, 2003 by Rosemary Butcher and Martin Otter
for links to the works.
The 'Capture Installations' tour will run at the following art gallery spaces, none of which have exhibited screen-based dance installations before
Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole: 20 Nov 2004 – 15 Jan 2005
The New Art Gallery, Walsall: 10 Dec 2004 - 23 Jan 2005
(Bodysight, Infected, Men in the Wall)
Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa:10 Dec 2004 - 16 Jan 2005
(Men in the Wall)
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum <http://www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk/> , Worcester: 29 Jan 2004 - 5 March 2005
(Electric Fur, Men in the Wall, Waterfall)
Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury Jan – Feb 2005
New Greenham Arts <http://www.greenham-common-trust.co.uk/arts/> , Newbury (date tbc)
The Corn Exchange <http://www.cornexchangenew.com/> , Newbury (date tbc)
Quay Arts, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight Jan 2005
For further information, visuals and artist biographies contact:
Lucy Wilson at Theresa Simon Communications 020 7629 9645 firstname.lastname@example.org