Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Press release: Siobhan Davies Dance presents To hand at Turner Contemporary

Press release
Siobhan Davies Dance presents To hand at Turner Contemporary
Friday 22 until Saturday 23 February, 12-4pm

Turner Contemporary marks the end of the February half term break with a great opportunity to see a free dance performance in Margate. Choreographed by Siobhan Davies and dance artist Matthias Sperling, To hand is a performance piece which counterpoints Turner Contemporary’s current exhibition, Carl Andre: Mass & Matter. Responding to Carl Andre’s floor-based installations, Matthias Sperling will carefully move across the gallery space, balancing himself on a set of everyday objects. This unparalleled dance piece, which shifts the presence of the body and movement in the gallery from a vertical to a horizontal plane, encourages the spectator to follow the performer’s decision making as he gradually moves through the gallery.

Originally created in response to Claire Barclay’s installation work Shadow Spans at the Whitechapel Gallery, To hand is newly remounted to engage directly with the exhibition Carl Andre: Mass & Matter as well as the concepts behind the eight works by Carl Andre currently on display. Commenting on To hand Siobhan Davies stated, “we concentrated on finding simple actions that need a complex collection of decisions to make each movement work and be noticed."

Following on from their previous performance at Turner Contemporary with ROTOR in March last year, the gallery is proud to welcome back Siobhan Davies Dance, an investigative contemporary arts organisation who stimulate new thinking based on a more contemporary definition of choreography, with their  unconventional and engaging approach to the medium of dance.

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