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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Bank

Summary

A work that used a bank of ideas generated by looking at many visual patterns from different cultures. The dancers began the rehearsal process by imagining the printed pattern within the whole volume of the body or parts of it, the structure of the pattern informing the movement. The second stage of this process included two or more dancers finding a further pattern to inform how they should relate spatially. Matteo Fargion performed live his commissioned score for amplified cardboard boxes.

Analysis

‘If White Man Sleeps shows an intricacy of body movement within simple spatial configurations, Bank, Davies’ new work, extends the sophistication of both, retaining an underlying clarity of structure beneath an animated surface of movement. Plain floor patterns are elaborated physically and spatially, becoming amplified through the dancers' bodies and developing into knotty interlacings that leave the patterns they trace hanging in the air like an after-image. Characteristically with Davies, both pieces use particularly physical ideas not only to explore the extraordinary possibilities of human movement, but also as routes into a more interior landscape of human feeling’ (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 1997).



‘Bank is set to an extraordinary percussive score performed live by composer Matteo Fargion. Davies’ choreography sees simple fragments of movement building up to create complex patterns’ (Dance Umbrella programme note, 1997).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Bank
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Gill Clarke, Sean Feldman, David Hughes, Paul Old, Deborah Saxon, Sarah Warsop
  • Music: Matteo Fargion
  • Music - comments: Composition entitled Donna Che Beve
  • Composer: Matteo Fargion
  • Musicians: Matteo Fargion
  • Musicians - comments: Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Drum, and Cardboard Boxes
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Credited in original programme as Set Design
  • Lighting Design: Ian Beswick
  • Sound Engineer: Chris Ekers
  • Costume Maker: Sasha Keir
  • Production Manager: Ollie Brown
  • Painter: Liz Reed (stage backcloth)
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: A work that used a bank of ideas generated by looking at many visual patterns from different cultures. The dancers began the rehearsal process by imagining the printed pattern within the whole volume of the body or parts of it, the structure of the pattern informing the movement. The second stage of this process included two or more dancers finding a further pattern to inform how they should relate spatially. Matteo Fargion performed live his commissioned score for amplified cardboard boxes.
  • Analysis: ‘If White Man Sleeps shows an intricacy of body movement within simple spatial configurations, Bank, Davies’ new work, extends the sophistication of both, retaining an underlying clarity of structure beneath an animated surface of movement. Plain floor patterns are elaborated physically and spatially, becoming amplified through the dancers' bodies and developing into knotty interlacings that leave the patterns they trace hanging in the air like an after-image. Characteristically with Davies, both pieces use particularly physical ideas not only to explore the extraordinary possibilities of human movement, but also as routes into a more interior landscape of human feeling’ (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 1997). ‘Bank is set to an extraordinary percussive score performed live by composer Matteo Fargion. Davies’ choreography sees simple fragments of movement building up to create complex patterns’ (Dance Umbrella programme note, 1997).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1997
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-02
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: with White Man Sleeps 09/05/97 - 10/05/97 - Grand Theatre, Blackpool 15/05/97 - 17/05/97 - Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton Festival 30/05/97 - 31/05/97 - Arts Theatre, Cambridge 03/06/97 - 04/06/97 - Crucible Theatre, Sheffield with White Man Sleeps and The Art of Touch 09/10/97 - 10/10/97 - Birmingham Repertory Theatre 17/10/97 - 18/10/97 - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 24/10/97 - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon 28/10/97 - 30/10/97 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 04/11/97 - 09/11/97 - Joyce Theater, New York City
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  • Permanenent URL: http://siobhandaviesarchive.com/record/7