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ATTENDING SPACES - PERFORMANCE

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ATTENDING SPACES

Attending Spaces’is a performance fusing architecture and choreography.

Attending Spaces' is the first in a series of site-specific performances, part of a research project, that uses the city as stage. In a close collaboration between architect and performers, hybrid methods have been explored in 1:1 and iterated through improvisations at the performance venue, Testbed 1.

In 'Attending Spaces' the performers Harvey Lancaster-Rous, Letizia Binda-Partensky, and Sophie Connon will engage in Sisyphean manual labour. The performance continuously evolves over the four days, within a space filled with slowly hardening concrete canvas off-cuts. Concrete canvas is a geo-textile used for large-scale landscaping projects. You are encouraged to come back and witness the progress of the performance.

There are 4 performances:

Wednesday the 21st of June at 19.30

Thursday the 22nd of June at 19.30

Friday the 23rd of June at 19.30

Saturday the 24th of June at 15.00

Social interactions should define the built environment. A subset of these social interactions are tasks, chores and work, we do to create and maintain relationships in our everyday lives. This task making is central to the research project's choreographed investigation, in shaping a new kind of spatial awareness.

The project has been made possible in collaboration with Will Alsop, director of aLLDesign and Anna Furse convenor at MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths University.

The Danish Arts Foundation, Dreyers Fond and Danish Association of Architects have supported the project.


THE ENSEMBLE


Elin Eyborg, Architect, Initiator, Performer and Choreographer

lives and works as Architect UK ARB and a MA Performance maker. She is an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copehnagen, 2011 and a MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2015. The continuous focus in her projects is how places and performances interact as an architectural space in the urban landscape. She designs stage elements as demanding props to provoke particular spatial resistance to the performers – a resistance that stimulates everyday human encounters and expands the idea of the social performance. She collaborated as a set designer with New Movement Collective on the series of performances Casting Traces, The Paper Maze, first performed in Testbed 1 in 2012. In her own performance practice she has developed the notion of Task-making as a choreographic too, which can be seen in her performances Tidal Gardener and Attendants among others.



Letizia Binda-Partensky, Performer and Choreographer

is a performance maker based in London. She investigates the intersection between body and space, engaging kinetically with natural, urban and archeological sites. She has developed her practice by performing within installations and sites, through photo-essays and video, graduating with an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College in 2015. After her undergraduate studies in Art History, Letizia trained in physical theatre in Italy and collaborated with various site-based performance makers in Italy and in the UK, amongst which O Thiasos Teatro Natura, Geraldine Pilgrim, and Dudendance Theatre.



Harvey Lancaster-Rous, Performer and Choreographer

holds a BA Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University and is an experienced performer who has been employed in works at South bank Centre, ICA, Imperial War Museum, Summerhall (Edinburgh), Surge Festival (Glasgow) and Jersey Art’s Centre. He has trained in circus, theatre, singing and dance in varying degrees, and is a Goldsmiths fine art graduate, specialising in film and performance. Harvey moves between professional, collaborative and individual practices and is interested in devising and improvising as a means of generating ideas and material, doing as thinking, as well as using an initial conceptual starting point. His personal practice mixes different disciplines from his trainings with self-initiated artistic concepts such as serpentine influenced performances exploring aerial, vocal and spiritual ascension, and sexual, fabulist songs. He has performed his own works at Deptford Cinema, the Flying Dutchman (Camberwell) and Goldsmiths 2016 Degree Show.



Sophie C., Performer and Choreographer

is an collaborative artist, performer and choreographer from Dublin, Ireland. Her roots stem from theatre, where she has worked as a professional actor in Ireland and the UK. Inspired by trainings and collaborations in dance and visual art, her practice moved away from the stage to gallery and unconventional space. Her work is interdisciplinary and experimental, primarily drawing from contemporary dance and sonic composition to explore questions of gender, navigation and landscape. Sophie holds a BA in Theatre from University College Cork / La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris, and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent works: include Oilleann, a video work and live performance for Organized Orgasms, an exhibition of emerging artists Mainz, Germany, Our Fathers a one woman performance work with Artist Joseph Noonan-Ganley and No Black in the Union Jack, choreography for Artist Marlon Griffith at Tate Modern.



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