Late-Opening with New Dance Commissions by Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner

Friday 26 February 2016

Late opening: 6-8pm

Performances will take place in the Gallery between 6.30-7.30pm.

Free entry drop-in event. If you would like to RSVP please click here.

For this late opening, two dancers, Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner, will be performing newly commissioned works created in response to The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough. Andersen and Skinner will each respond to the exhibition drawing on their research interests. Andersen’s interest lies in improvisation and the potentialities found in physical interaction, whilst Skinner is interested in investigating the boundary between performance and art, art and artist.

Drawing and dance have a natural affinity, due in part to the play with line, gesture and movement found in both mediums. David Bomberg was influenced by experimental modern dancers early in his career and in 1919 produced an artist book, Russian Ballet, of abstract cubist studies of modern dance. This new dance commission acknowledges the relationship between drawing and dance, and is part of a strand of the Borough Road Gallery programme that invites new creative responses to A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.

Marie Andersen is a dance artist, teacher and researcher. Andersen studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Practice, a joint programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. Andersen’s practice investigates the shared principles of contemporary dance and somatic practices, with particular focus on active listening, non-hierarchy and breath. Andersen is part of the dance and music collective Mathilde, and the artist-led collective, Improvisation Exchange Leeds. Andersen is currently collaborating with Improvisation Exchange Leeds and the Leeds University School of Philosophy on a research project devoted to philosophy and dance improvisation.

Benjamin Skinner is a dancer, print designer and illustrator. Skinner holds a BA in Anthropology from Durham University, and is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Practice, a joint programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. Skinner’s practice investigates architecture, materiality, mark-making and methods of mapping space, as well as the physicality of the artist. Skinner has previously worked as a dancer for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and as a performer for interdisciplinary projects, for example Yolanda Gutiérrez’s Dead Dance Zone at Kampnagel theatre in Hamburg, and Roger Hiorn’s Youth series at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Images courtesy of the artists.