Founded and led since 1988 by choreographer Siobhan Davies, Siobhan Davies Dance has evolved from a touring dance company into an investigative contemporary arts organisation. By 2002, Davies had moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and alternative locations.
Recent works have been presented at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK, including the ICA and Whitechapel Gallery (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Tramway (Glasgow) and Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. Davies works closely with collaborating dance artists to create new work and applies choreography across a wide range of creative disciplines, including visual arts and film.
Created by Siobhan Davies and filmmaker David Hinton in 2012, All This Can Happen is a film constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema.
Based on Robert Walser’s novella The Walk (1917), the film follows in the footsteps of the protagonist as a series of small adventures and chance encounters take the walker from idiosyncratic observations of ordinary events towards a deeper pondering on the comedy, heartbreak and ceaseless variety of life.
Live movement installation Manual draws attention to simple movements, meticulously dismantling their timing and order to encourage the audience to notice how everyday actions are orchestrated.
Dance Artist Helka Kaski invites visitors within an exhibition to complete a work: helping her stand up by providing a set of verbal instructions. Through this conversation, it becomes clear that what at first may appear easy is actually complex and extraordinary, often resulting in an unexpected dialogue.
Table of Contents is a live movement installation co-created by Siobhan Davies, Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and Matthias Sperling, each using their own history as a choreographer and performer to question how dance is archived, and how different art forms build on their own history.
Resembling a form of movement laboratory, a series of evolving choreographic situations take place in a shared space between performers and audiences. The work offers the possibility of a live dialogue to experience and consider how the past reveals itself in our present actions.
Siobhan Davies Dance offers a range of activities, including pre- and post-show talks, and a public participation programme.
"By using the art gallery as a context, Davies creates an environment where these conversations about the past will continue their arc into the future, like new stars on a journey. If anyone can boldly go where no choreographer has gone before, it is she."
The Financial Times
"There really is no conventional niche suitable for Siobhan Davies Dance – so let’s just applaud the visionary curiosity that powers it, the itch to bridge the distance between performer and audience by bringing them together in an open (and free) process of sharing."