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Resistance Training with Phoebe Davies and Alex Bowmer

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Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Sheaf Street

Sheffield

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Building upon their research with athletes in contact-based sports, artist Phoebe Davies and athletic performance coach Alex Bowmer will lead a physical training session exploring resistance and competitiveness through collaborative movement, team/pack mentalities and collective strength. The session will be active and will explore exaggerated contact, specifically tackles and defensive plays between participants. Phoebe and Alex will draw upon basketball, rugby, wrestling and American football drills to create a series of short sketch performances which will be photographed during the workshop.

No previous athletic experience is needed to attend. All genders are welcome to attend the workshop; we encourage women, non-binary or trans identifying people to take part.

This research builds upon Phoebe’s work with choreographer Nandi Bhebhe using live performance and performance to camera to negotiate multiple histories and intergenerational perspectives, disrupting power structures and exploring relationships of solidarity. Resistance Training was initially developed as part of Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme.

Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher, presently based at Somerset House Studios in London. Her work is often context-dependent, including constructed social spaces, live performances, video, audio and print works. Phoebe has worked with sex educators, secondary school students, elderly residents in care homes, sports teams and DJs as well as art organisations, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Assembly (Portland, USA), Praksis (Oslo, Norway) and SA-UK SEASONS 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa). She also trains with Hackney Gazelles basketball team.

Alex Bowmer is a specialist in sports medicine, working in athletic wellbeing and mental health support within a range of settings including the NFL, Kings College London, Oxford University and international college sports teams. Alex specialises in non-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation and also works as an athletic performance coach.

Phoebe and Alex first met through working on Work Out, an Arts In Society research project supported by Somerset House Studios and the Cultural Institute.

This event is part of Construction House: Leisure Time at S1 Artspace from 6 December 2018 - 9 February 2019. The event has been generously supported by Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

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