surface/sphere (2016)
installation by Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine
HD video 9’ 30’’ on loop and charcoal body prints on paper

Commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance London for their What Festival 2016: What Remains – Anatomy of an Artist. The work responded to the festival call for a forensics approach to art-making in relation to another artist’s work. surface/sphere draws on the legacy of seminal Judson Dance Theatre artist and instigator of the contact improvisation form – Steve Paxton. It brings Paxton’s rolls and movement puzzles – gathered in his DVD ‘Material for the Spine’ – into contact with the methods developed by Brown & Irvine in their performance installation what remains and is to come.

Paxton’s rolls and puzzles radically alter how the body and space is perceived in movement; they open the surfaces of the body in the sensations of spherical space. With surface/sphere Paxton’s exercises come into contact with charcoal-covered paper, tracing events of spherical movement on the horizontal surface.

surface/sphere trailer below:

What remains festival Siobhan Davies Studio London 21-22 May 2016

Commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance & Independent Dance. Supported by SWG3.