Manual: Choreography and the Everyday

Monday November 17th, 2014 | 6.30-8.30 pm | £7; £5 concession

Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA


Manual (2013), a live work choreographed by Siobhan Davies and dance artist Helka Kaski, will be followed by a discussion with neurophysiologist Jonathan Cole about the extraordinary complexity of our everyday actions, inviting comparison to the power of visual artists to interrupt our habitual behaviour.Manual draws attention to simple movements, meticulously dismantling their timing and order to encourage us to notice how we orchestrate actions.

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Siobhan Davies CBE is a choreographer who rose to prominence in the 1980s and increasingly works outside traditional dance venues, enabling radical exchanges between different art forms. In 1988 Davies founded Siobhan Davies Dance, which has evolved over the years from a touring dance company into an investigative contemporary arts organization based in the RIBA award-winning Siobhan Davies Studios in Elephant & Castle.

Helka Kaski is a dance artist who moved to London from Finland in 2005 to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has collaborated with a range of dance makers including Theo Clinkard, Nicola Conibere and Florence Peake. Her performance is continuously influenced by those she works with, as well as by her personal practice in thinking and movement on change, the now and stillness.

Jonathan Cole is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital, and at Salisbury Hospital (with its Spinal Centre), a Professor at Bournemouth University and a visiting Lecturer, Southampton University. He has also published several books on the experience of living with neurological impairment, including one on loss of movement and position sense.

Image: Manual by Siobhan Davies Dance, Photo by Manu Palomenque courtesy of Turner Contemporary