A Crossing Borders talk | Maintaining spectactular non-progress | Heni Hale, Marina Collard and Nicola Conibere

Independent Dance, 19.30 ,Siobhan Davies Studios

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Discussions about time, waste, visibility and cleaning, following two very different projects. 

Marina and Heni question how the mundane everyday maintenance of our lives can become reframed within a practice of artistic enquiry. They discuss Dream Clean Clean Dream focussing on cleaning, its choreographic and aesthetic potentials as well as the inherent gendered political issues of an unseen workforce. A video project that examines the running of a B& B in France they aim to raise questions, such as where does the dirt go, how much of ‘clean’ is an illusion, are we erasing traces of previous lives? 

Nicola introduces House Services, a research project inspired by the body in states of excess, created at a time of national austerity. Working with a range of collaborators, her research has led to questions about acts of maintenance, wasted energy and proposals for not progressing. 

Newly co-director of Independent Dance, Henrietta Hale is a performer and choreographer. Since 2004 she has been founding co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project, a performance/research collective. Their work encompasses a broad range of performance contexts such as site- specific productions, touring theatre works, screenworks and installations in galleries that each draw on their ongoing research into social, scientific and political concerns through embodied practices. For example People Working Project, 2009 - 2018 examines labour, capitalism and fulfillment in various performance forms. They have been commissioned by Dance Umbrella, The Place Prize, Whitechapel Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, and  Dance in Libraries. She is currently collaborating with long term colleague Marina Collard on Dream Clean Clean Dream which she sees as an extension of People Working Project. www.dogkennelhillproject.org; www.facebook/dogkennelhillproject; twitter - @dkhpdog

Marina Collard is interested in collaborating with artists from different disciplines. She has worked with filmmaker Tom Paine for 18 years and this creative partnership has informed her choreographic practice. Her work has been shown in the UK and abroad including Still Going shown at the British Council Theatre Delhi 2016 where she was a mentor for the Gati Dance Summer Residency programme. Her most recent  collaboration, Something’s Going On, includes sound by composer Paul Newland and was  shown at SDS Open Choreography and Tanz@Namedy Festival in Germany. Other collaborative projects include Ether with Graham Fitkin Ether at the Southbank, The body in and as Space with Kate Johnson Tripspace commission in collaboration with The Hayward Gallery. Marina is currently collaborating with Henrietta Hale on the making of Clean Dream – Dream Clean.

As a performer, Marina has worked with ceramicist Claire Twomey, Florence Peake, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Carol Brown Dances, CandoCo Dance Company, Joe Moran among others. She is currently working with choreographer and researcher Carolyn Roy.

Nicola Conibere is a choreographer and scholar based in London. Her choreographic work has been presented internationally in theatres and art galleries. In 2015 she was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and she was an Associate Artist with Nottingham based, international dance agency Dance4 from 2009 to 2014. She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Roehampton University. www.nicolaconibere.com.