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Robots and Avatars - our colleagues and playmates of the future

We invite submissions to this Call for Development Commissions and Call for Exhibits

Robots and Avatars will present two Development Commissions and additionally a minimum of six existing works as an Exhibition in 2012. Lead producer and concept developer of this EU Culture project is body>data>space and the partner for the commissions is National Theatre in London. The exhibition will tour to partner FACT, Liverpool (UK), and to co-organisers AltArt, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and KIBLA (Slovenia- as part of Maribor 2012, European Capital of Culture).

Robots and Avatars is an intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary exploration of a near future world consisting of collaborations between robots, avatars, virtual worlds, telepresence and real time presence within creative places, work spaces, cultural environments, interactive entertainment and play space.

Artists/designers and others from any background can apply. We welcome applications from installations, performances, performance / installations, telepresence, sound art, software, kinetic art, architecture, AV based work, hung work, gaming, models, robotics, virtual worlds etc - your vision will lead us!

Stage 1 Deadline: Wednesday 7th September 2011 (12 BST)

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Toynbee Studios, London
13 Nov - 14 Nov 2010, 11am - 5pm

Venue Information:

Simon Vincenzi’s Weekender will explore the “act of translation” as part of his ongoing research project Operation Infinity. This will be through an investigation into how the performer can act as a body of translation and how different states of being ‘held’ can happen whilst translating.

The lab will focus on physical acts of seeing, speaking and listening and how different texts can inhabit the body of a performer. Questions that might arise during the Weekender include “how can the body be abandoned to the physicality of understanding?” and “what might physical ventriloquism be?”

This Weekender is intended for all practicing artists from any discipline, from emerging artists at the beginning of their career to those more highly experienced.


Simon Vincenzi’s work pushes the boundaries of expectations of theatre and the audience’s relationship to the act of presentation. His work is about producing a threshold of uncertainty:

between what has already happened and what is happening now
between what has been perceived and what has been stimulated
between what is seen and what can’t be seen
between what is heard and what might be heard

Memory, communication, time, the divided self, consciousness, death and disappearance are recurring themes that develop uncanny, evocative and intensely visceral stage worlds. He frequently develops work through rigorous and intensive periods of research in which the context plays an important role in shaping what is generated. This lab weekend is a unique opportunity to develop your own practice using methods facilitated by Simon, whilst joining him in his own practice-based research.

Simon Vincenzi is… a radical theatre visionary.
Time Out

Operation Infinity is the title of a body of work that has stemmed from a previous Bock & Vincenzi piece The Infinite Pleasures of the Great Unknown, where six performers played the parts of thousands as the fictional “Troupe Mabuse”. Inspired by two fictional characters – Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse and Shakespeare’s King Lear – the piece follows a never-ending choreography of chaos, possibility and prophecy. Operation Infinity draws on these themes and aims to reconfigure different performances in the same physical space, allowing an audience to use different forms of theatrical interpretation. With the Artsadmin Weekender Simon wishes to explore how the act of translation can affect such relationships with the audience also.

Simon Vincenzi is a London-based theatre director, choreographer and designer who has created a huge body of work over the past 15 years. Prior to Bock & Vincezi he created the ensemble performance piece Heartless. Then, in 1995 he joined Frank Bock to form Bock & Vincenzi. During their 13-year partnership the duo made works for both adult and children audiences that include Three Forest Dances In A Room Of Wood, Being Barely There I Saw You Too and Breathtaking. In 1999 Bock & Vincenzi began a seven-year research period culminating in The Invisible Dances (2004-2006); a theatre work in three acts presented over three years. During this collaboration Bock & Vincenzi worked with over 50 specialists including both sighted and visually impaired performers, dancers and actors; artists with physical disabilities, sound and video artists, computer programmers, philosophers, poets, writers, a phenomenologist and a spirit medium.

Works made for Simon’s evolving project Operation Infinity include: The Infinite Pleasures of the Great Unknown, Club Extinction and Luxuriant.

As the piece ends in roaring darkness, it’s as if we finally join [the performers]. And you’d be amazed at just what a blast that is.
The Observer, on As If They Hadn’t Been, As If they Had Not (2005)

Image by Bock & Vincenzi, Venice Theatre Biennale 2005, photo by Andy McGregor.

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Artsadmin Weekenders: Simon Vincenzi
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Move: Choreographing You
13 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

This autumn the Hayward Gallery presents seminal works and new commissions by leading artists in Move: Choreographing You. Exploring the historical and current relationship between visual arts, dance and performance, the exhibition focuses on visual artists and choreographers from the last 50 years who create sculptures and installations that turn the audience into active participants, becoming more aware of their body – or even becoming a dancer. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of performances at Southbank Centre by acclaimed choreographers including Trisha Brown and Rosemary Butcher, La Ribot and Xavier Le Roy. The exhibition has been designed by Amanda Levete Architects.

Artists featured include: Nevin Aladağ, Janine Antoni, Pablo Bronstein, Trisha Brown, Tania Bruguera, Boris Charmatz, Lygia Clark, Siobhan Davies, EVERYBODYS/Générique, William Forsythe, Simone Forti, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Isaac Julien, Mike Kelley, Michael Kliën, Anita Pace, La Ribot, Xavier Le Roy & Mårten Spångberg, The OpenEnded Group and Wayne McGregor, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, João Penalva, Yvonne Rainer, Franz Erhard Walther and Franz West.

The exhibition takes as its starting point the Judson Church Theater and Allan Kaprow's Happenings in 1960s New York, which blurred the boundaries between art and life. Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery, the exhibition explores how everyday movements have been a driving force in the development of both contemporary art and dance since the 1960s. It examines how visual artists in the 1960s and 1970s used choreography as a means to encourage audiences to experience art with their whole body, whilst increasingly over the last two decades artists have used dance and performance to explore how everyday behaviour is choreographed and manipulated.

At points throughout the exhibition visitors can pause to explore a touch-screen digital archive designed by Unit9 and co-curated by André Lepecki, Professor of Performance Studies at New York University, which brings together photographs and films of 120 of some of the most important performance works from the last 50 years.

Stephanie Rosenthal, Curator of Move: Choreographing You, says: "I believe that this will be a totally new approach to experiencing the crucial and inspiring relationship between art and dance. I hope that the exhibition will give people a new awareness of their own bodies in space and how they can interact with the environment around them."

Alongside the exhibition, a there is a programme of high-profile performances, co-curated by the dance programming team at Southbank Centre in collaboration with Stephanie Rosenthal. British choreographer Rosemary Butcher reinterprets Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6 parts and there are UK premieres of Schrottplatz by Thomas Lehmen (9 Nov), Llamame Mariachi by La Ribot (26 Nov) and Anne Collod's reinterpretation of Anna Halprin's Parades & Changes, Replays (27 Nov) and a new work by Xavier Le Roy (28 Nov). All these performances are programmed to coincide with a three-day symposium at Southbank Centre (26-28 Nov).

The exhibition is supported by German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Henry Moore Foundation and Louis Vuitton. It tours to Haus der Kunst, Munich, from 4 February to 15 May 2011 and will be adapted for presentation at K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf from 16 July to 25 September 2011.

*Image above:
Photo by Fredrik Nilsen.
Courtesy Kelley Studio.
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Photo: David Sandison

Part I: residency, 13 July – 30 August 2010
Part II: new work, June 2011

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG

For Part I of his choreographic project at Tate Modern, Michael Clark and his company have been resident in the Turbine Hall for seven weeks, making the development and rehearsal of his work publicly visible for the first time.

The Company's presence has transformed the monumental space into an arena for experimentation and practice, foregrounding the processes – both artistic and practical – behind making and performing Clark's work.

As well as devising movement for his company's trained dancers, Clark has responded to the uniquely performative nature of the Turbine Hall's public space by inviting 75 non-dancers to join weekly workshops with the company. The group of untrained dancers have learned a piece of dance, specially developed by Clark, which will be performed en-masse in the space over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Clark has presented work within gallery spaces on many occasions, but this residency enables him to respond directly to the iconic architecture and specific character of Tate: as a communal space and as a museum. This series of experiments is, in part, preparation for a new, large-scale performance commission due to be premiered as Part II of the project in June 2011.

Working with collaborators, Clark will use choreography, film, light and sound to create a site-specific dance event.

Michael Clark Company at Tate Modern continues Tate Live's commitment to presenting pioneering interdisciplinary work that is rooted in dialogue with contemporary art. Working with collaborators, Clark will use choreography, film, light and sound to create a site-specific dance event.

Artist Charles Atlas, one of the premier interpreters of dance, theatre and performance on video, and lighting director for all of Clark's work, will curate a film programme of his and Clark's collaborative films, presented alongside the dance event over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Also featured is the first UK screening of Torse, Atlas's 1977 two-screen collaboration with Merce Cunningham.

Clark recently presented the work come, been, gone at the Venice Biennial (2009), The Edinburgh Festival (2009) and The Barbican (2009 and 2010) to great critical acclaim.

Michael Clark Company is an Associate Artist of the Barbican and supported by Arts Council England.

Tate Modern Live is curated by Catherine Wood and Kathy Noble.

Free public showings in the Turbine Hall
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August 21.30
Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August 17.30

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Global Dance Contest

The Global Dance Contest is now closed. Our team of judges has selected the best 10 videos from all the entries. The 10 finalists will be online soon. Public voting starts at the 1st of September.Check out the videos and vote for your favorite at http://www.globaldancecontest.comBest your Global Dance Contest team x
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Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, the world's leading venue for international dance is searching for new talent to perform on stage in front of a live audience. All you need to do is choreograph, perform and film an original piece of dance and enter it into our Global Dance Contest 2009. As well as receiving a cash prize, the winner of the contest will be invited to perform live at Sadler's Wells in January 2010 at Sadler's Wells Sampled, our yearly showcase of the best in dance from around the world. Read more here
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Global Dance Contest

Hello everybody,We hope you are fine and had a lovely weekend!The Global Dance Contest is open for submission only till friday 17th - so these are the last couple of days. Take the chance and submit your piece to win the brilliant prize of an expenses paid trip to London, including transport and accommodation costs, to perform live on stage at Sadler's Wells in January 2010 at Sadler's Wells Sampled, and a cash prize of £2,000.We are impressed by the pieces we have seen so far and would love to see some more.Have a great week and we are looking forward to see you dance!Yours Global Dance Contest team x
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Projection in Performance [LONDON]

In Britain, the education for tecnicians in theatre dance is surely one of the most advanced. But, video is too new a medium to treat it in education excetnsively. Criticising this fact, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in partnership with Complicite and the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange are hosting a day of discussion, demonstration and networking to discuss the future of projection and how Higher Education should address the increasing demands for video and projection in theatre.Our key-note speaker is Simon McBurney - artistic director of Complicite.Other speakers include: Chris Britton; founder of Forkbeard FantasySophie Clements; visual artist working with sound and musicWilliam Dudley; theatre designerThomas Gray; video and animation designer, The Gray CircleLloyd Newson; director of DV8 physical theatreScott Palmer; programme manager, performance design, University of LeedsHansjorg Schmidt; programme director, lighting design,Rose Bruford CollegeDick Straker & Finn Ross; video and projection designers,MesmerLunch and refreshments will be providedWhere? Barbican Theatre on the set of "Shun-kin", Complicite's latest productionWhen? Friday 20th February : 9.30am - 5.00pmCost? Tickets cost £20 which includes lunch and coffees.Tickets are not available on the day. Booking To book a place please complete the booking form (or if you wish to book multiple places click here). All booking forms must be returned by 10 February 2009. Accommodation Please click here for a list of local hotels. click here for more information
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