Fiver Friday Curated by Danai Pappa

24 May 2018

photo by @threeblokesproductions

Fiver Friday Curated by Danai Pappa
A triple bill of performances featuring: Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi, anthologyofamess, and Danai Pappa & Neal Spowage, curated by Danai Pappa for Chisendale Dance Space as part of their Fiver Friday series of contemporary performance. The show is at 7:30 PM, May 25, 2018 at Chisenhale Dance Space. Three works connecting people, trees and space: Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi explores motherhood; Mariana Camiloti, Antonio de la Fe, Petra Söör, and Robert Vesty (aka anthologyofamess) distill environments through action; and Danai Pappa and Neal Spowage play with electromagnetic fields. Doors open at 7 PM. Performances commence at 7:30 PM. Admission is £5.
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A Tree Without Leaves by Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi
In Chad, there is a proverb, which says: “A tree without leaves is like a woman without children”. My mother’s mother had 20 children. My mother lost three. And now there’s me. This is a danced response to stories that come from Maria da Luz’s family. Using dance, drawing and singing to test the meaning of womanhood in contemporary society, this solo looks at the connection between a woman’s physical body and her inner self. Ariel Ariel by Danai Pappa & Neal Spowage Ariel Ariel is a duet based on the use of two sculptural handmade instruments. The piece is a comment on personal space, disturbance and the disruption of human connections within post-digital culture. The instruments are analogue, junk, electronic noise sculptures. Their sound is sensitive to alternation from the electromagnetic fields generated by all technologies in the room. One dancer and one musician, both on stage, explore interdisciplinary understanding by shared experience and cross into one another’s areas of expertise.

All These Environments in Which We Have Existed for a Hundred and Fifty Years by anthologyofamess
These environments in which we’ve existed … We are the landscape. We are the mountains. We are the hills, the waterfalls, the coral reefs. We are the dirty rocks and coral reefs, and the plastic polluted sea and the oily landfills. Maybe we are a hundred years old all of us together. Maybe more.

About the artists:

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, choreographer and educator working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She was in the original cast of The Lion King and has worked widely as a movement director. As Associate Artist with Spare Tyre, she mentors and performs with adults with learning disabilities. She has recently collaborated with Peta Lily and Jen Irons for The London College of Fashion; choreographer Jacky Lansley; visual artists Anthea Hamilton and Leonor Serrano Rivas; composer Dorothy Lee; and Joan Jonas at Tate Live 2018.
Danai Pappa is a dancer and choreographer. Her practice is influenced by her intense studies in the humanities. Her work can include dance, dance theatre and site specific performances. She has performed in opera productions and has worked with Rosemary Lee, Joan Jonas, Peta Lily and Gregor Weber. She is a founding member of Agony Art and also works as a pilates and movement teacher.

Neal Spowage is an artist and associate of the SOMA project, Dirty Electronics Ensemble, DAP-LAB and De Montfort University Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, who designs and builds Junk Electronic Noise Sculptures then composes and performs with them across disciplines. Danai and Neal have collaborated since 2011. They have developed three duets in which they create images using movement, sound and noise. They have performed in festivals and music conferences across the UK.

anthologyofamess is the home for performance activities and events in various and fluid forms initiated by Mariana Camiloti, Antonio de la Fe, Petra Söör, Manou Koreman and Robert Vesty. anthologyofamess is a project that could be seen both as a framework and as a looking glass zooming in on experience, transformation, patterns, performance-making and the present. An anthology, a collection of events that are continuously evolving with the word ‘mess’ referring to the non-tameable nature of dance and performance.