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​Sharing of new work by BBP COLLECTIVE

Presented by Ian Biscoe & Jana Bitterova
Sunday 16th October 2016
5pm, Studio B

Exploring innovative approaches for collaboration between visual & performing artists, using digital technologies

Ian Biscoe (visual artist, engineer) & Jana Bitterova (dance artist) - collectively “BBP”- developed an innovative approach whereby both visual and dance artists become live collaborative performers.

​They create performance environment where gestures of the visual artist creates visuals on sides of the performance space, becoming the physical motion of the dance artist, and to which the visual artist can in turn respond.

BBP are integrating the technology (gestural sensors, cameras, projection-mapping) that facilitate the interaction between the artists in a fully improvised and structured context. Working from an improvisation, they are interested in the notion of borders and boundaries in both abstract and narrative sense. They are also testing different use of sound and music and collaboration with live musician Oak Matthias.

The presentation includes a half hour performance of a work developed as a result of the research project followed by a discussion and talk about the process and tools for multidisciplinary collaboration.



Guest Talk by Choreographer Sara Wookey

Thursday 3rd March 2016
5-6.30pm Studio C

Sara Wookey Biography
Anne Donnelly Biography

For this talk Sara Wookey will speak about transmitting “Trio A” (1966) by Yvonne Rainer in its 50th anniversary year and invites Anne Donnelly, Director of Dance Programmes at Middlesex University, to present her work on re-staging works by Robert Cohan.

reDANCE is a project by Sara Wookey and guests that renders visible methods of and reasons for transmitting dance across generations and for new audiences. It engages individual experiences of dancers who re-stage works from iconic choreographers and a current generation of dance artists.

The aim of reDANCE is to better understand certain methodologies of transmitting choreographic works and the reasons why it is important to individual dance artists and the dance field at large. The material (movement, texts, and images) collected as part of this project will be shared with a live and digital-based public and serve as the starting point for a new performance work in the 2017-2018 season.

5.00 - 5.15 reDANCE project introduction by Sara Wookey 
5.15 - 5:45 presentation by Anne Donnelly
5:45 - 6:15 presentation by Sara Wookey
6.15 - 6:30 public discussion and questions


Em[bed]ding circle – A Documenting Drawing Event

Katrina Brown with Jemima Fahy, Jade Bigwood, Claire Painter
Sunday 28 February 2016
Open to public 12.00-16.00pm & informal talk at 15.30pm
Studio B

Katrina Brown Website

Em[bed]ding circle is one of a series of drawing scores in which a moving body works with charcoal and paper within a set of movement and spatial constraints. The scores are part of my PhD research investigating intersects of body and surface and drawing as a choreographic activity: developing processes of lining, embedding, impressing and resurfacing that open up coinciding capacities of surface as support, dimension, receptor, screen, skin.

On this Sunday afternoon Em[bed]ding circle will be performed and documented over a period of 3 hours on a large expanse of paper by four performers; continually replacing each other so the drawing event can unfold in repetition and duration. I would like to invite spectators to freely enter, leave, wander, observe, stay a while – and to be part of an informal talk at 15.30.


Open Forum II

One must continually make and continually fail in order to create’
​O'Gorman &

Wednesday 17th February 2016 6-8.30pm
AMATA Production Space from 6pm
Sharing in Studio B

The evening will feature presentations from staff and research students on current research relating to dance and performance and improvisation.


  • Kuldip Singh Barmi, Jana Bitterova & Oak Matthias: Practice no 9: 3 performers in space directed by the present moment.
  • Rosie Enys: Research as improvisation: exploring spaces of (dis)comfort and (un)certainty
  • Frankie Williams: Total Decoy: on the subject of the gesture of looking away in the modalities of embarrassment, mis-attention and failure in performance related art practice. 

There will be time for questions after each presentation and continuing to respond to the research theme of Creative, Connected Communities, the open discussion will follow the presentations by discussing the broad notion of failure as a creative resource with the following questions as starting points:

  • How can improvisation, mis-performance and discomfort be an explicit part of making and performing processes within a rhetoric of community that only celebrates success?
  • What happens in performance making and doing when things go ‘wrong’? What happens when we are not looking, not paying attention, when things do not go to plan?    
  • How can creative failure be embraced as a positive quality in institutional contexts and create a climate that values research over outcome? 


Open Forum I

'Only Connect…Live in fragments no more' (?)
EM Forster

Wednesday 4th November 2015 6-8.30pm
AMATA Production Space from 6pm
Sharing in studio B

Evening will feature presentations from dance department staff on their current research followed by a brief a sharing of practice and open discussion on connectivity.


  • Kyra Norman -  Thoughts on making 'Haunted by Haunted: A Tribute Act': performing the practice of research, in the form of a choreographed chat
  • Ruth Pethybridge - From Direct Action to Being There: Choreographing Communities in Dance and Occupy Protests
  • Katrina Brown - Choreographic notes on documenting processes in Translucent Surface/Quiet body:  choreographics of forces, surfaces, body and documents
  • Simon Birch - Excerpt from Shoreline work in progress and dialogues on social engagement

Responding to the research theme of Creative, Connected Communities, the discussion will broadly discuss the idea of connectivity in dance and performance engaging with the following research questions as starting points:

1. How do embodied forms connect/intersect with digital forms?

2. How does dance research connect with its participants as a co-creative act?

3. How might fragmentation and disconnection also be part of choreographic practice?