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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: The Glass Blew In

Summary

Davies and the dancers began rehearsals by looking at many examples of calligraphy; how a calligrapher waits, holding the pen, before finding the right moment to make a fluid and accurate mark; how the calligrapher balances the hand and moves the pen and is able to alter the line from thick to thin. Part of the work involved a perspex square placed on the stage to become a frame for the dancers to enter and work within. They worked with a continuous shift of weight in their bodies to make their own physical marks.

Analysis

‘The Glass Blew In raises questions about the balance between the figurative and the abstract – between qualities that are human and emotional, and those to do with shape, texture and tone. The piece is a sensuous, poetic interplay of colour, pattern, dynamic and sound, in which each element has equal weight...Mumford has marked out the stage with a rectangle whose floor is, at different times, a wash of green, violet or magenta...It gives full rein to Davies' fascination with borders. She presents her dancers not only inside the rectangle, but also on or outside its demarcation, like paint spilling over the edges of a canvas...She is consummately served by Bryars' score, Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets...which acquires depth through its cumulative multi-tracking, rhythmic phrases running parallel to sustained lines of melody. This reaches a climax about halfway through, the musical surface expanding into a multitude of dappled notes. Then Bryars gradually reverts to simplicity' (Nadine Meisner, The Times, May 1994).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: The Glass Blew In
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Amanda Britton, Gill Clarke, Paul Douglas, Sean Feldman, Jeremy James, John Kilroy, Paul Old, Deborah Saxon
  • Music: Gavin Bryars
  • Music - comments: Music entitled Three Elegies For Nine Clarinets (1993)
  • Musicians: Roger Heaton (clarinet)
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Credited in original programme as Set Design
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Sound Engineer: Ron Thomson
  • Costume Maker: Angelina Pieroni
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Davies and the dancers began rehearsals by looking at many examples of calligraphy; how a calligrapher waits, holding the pen, before finding the right moment to make a fluid and accurate mark; how the calligrapher balances the hand and moves the pen and is able to alter the line from thick to thin. Part of the work involved a perspex square placed on the stage to become a frame for the dancers to enter and work within. They worked with a continuous shift of weight in their bodies to make their own physical marks.
  • Analysis: ‘The Glass Blew In raises questions about the balance between the figurative and the abstract – between qualities that are human and emotional, and those to do with shape, texture and tone. The piece is a sensuous, poetic interplay of colour, pattern, dynamic and sound, in which each element has equal weight...Mumford has marked out the stage with a rectangle whose floor is, at different times, a wash of green, violet or magenta...It gives full rein to Davies' fascination with borders. She presents her dancers not only inside the rectangle, but also on or outside its demarcation, like paint spilling over the edges of a canvas...She is consummately served by Bryars' score, Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets...which acquires depth through its cumulative multi-tracking, rhythmic phrases running parallel to sustained lines of melody. This reaches a climax about halfway through, the musical surface expanding into a multitude of dappled notes. Then Bryars gradually reverts to simplicity' (Nadine Meisner, The Times, May 1994).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1994
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-03
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: with Wanting to Tell Stories: 03/05/94 - 04/05/94 - South Hill Park, Bracknell 10/05/94 - 11/05/94 - Connaught Theatre, Worthing 19/05/94 - Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (with White Bird Featherless) 23/05/94 - Towngate Theatre, Basildon 04/11/94 - 05/11/94 - Sadler's Wells, London 14/11/94 - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 19/11/94 - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon with Wild Translations: 22/05/95 - 23/05/95 - Mercury Theatre, Colchester other dates TBA
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