Online Artist Talk: Dr Emilyn Claid in conversation with Dr Sue Smith (Head of Dance & Choreography at Falmouth University)

Wednesday, 10 November, 2021 - 18:30

Online Artist Talk: Emilyn Claid in conversation with Dr Sue Smith (Course Leader, Dance & Choreography at Falmouth University)
Tickets: Free, but booking required
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At the Brink (working title)

"I am a queer older woman returning to the art of performing, after 20 years working in academia. Early in 2021, I received an Arts Council research and development grant to work with choreographers Florence Peake, Heidi Rustgaard, Joseph Mercier and dramaturg Luke Pell.  I wanted to expand my choreographic experience, test ways of being present in performance and explore starting points for a new solo show. Through these artist collaborations a range of material has emerged such as – the creation of a clay foot, dancing to Donna Summers, performing the role of a psychotherapist and immersing myself in queer-Butoh-grunge! These starting points for performance have been documented by film-maker Roswitha Cheshire.  In discussion with Sue I will show video material, discuss ideas emerging from the research process and explore how I envisage the work developing into a solo show for 2022." Dr Emilyn Claid

Emilyn is an independent dance artist performer and an emeritus professor at University of Roehampton. She is also a Gestalt psychotherapist. Emilyn’s career stretches back to the 1960s when she was a dancer with National Ballet of Canada and the 1970s when she was co-founder of X6 Dance Space in London. In the 1980s she was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre and in the 1990s choreographed for companies such as Phoenix and CandoCo while creating solo shows for international touring. She recently published FALLING Through Dance and Life, (Bloomsbury 2021), a book about performance that re-thinks our physical and metaphorical relationship to gravity through psycho-somatic, gender and queer philosophical frames.