Disappearing Acts

Sandiland, Nic and Flexer, Yael (2016) Disappearing Acts. [Performance]

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Funded by Arts Council England, Disappearing Acts looks at the idea of illusion and its disintegration from a choreographic point of view, weaving together movements that we see and movements that we think we see. By using extreme low-light conditions we detach the viewer from everyday distractions of busy and information-rich environments; placing the viewer in a situation devoid of background context, presenting only moving body (or parts of the moving body) within a dislocated space.
Through this dislocation we aim to reawaken the viewers' awareness of the moving body, by representing the familiar in a new way. Disappearing Acts operates on the threshold of the visible/invisible, what we see and what we think we see, what is inferred and what our perceptual system brings to the whole.
We are interested in the subtle readings of the body offered by the low-level lighting conditions to ascertain what is it in the movement that is actually being read. Text is similarly used to dislocate the audience, to distract and provoke, working both with and against the choreographic language and lighting states. It brings forth evocative images, stories and wry (at times dark) humour emerging from and giving voice to our experiences of darkness, night-time and politically 'dark times'.

Venue Details

  1. Disappering Acts
    • Location: JW3 Arts Centre, London
    • Dates: 9 April 2016

  2. Disappering Acts
    • Location: The Point Arts Centre, Eastleigh
    • Dates: 17 June 2016

  3. Disappering Acts
    • Location: The Chrysalis Theatre Milton Keynes
    • Dates: 9 July 2016

  4. Disappering Acts
    • Location: Axis Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Dates: 13 October 2016

  5. Disappering Acts
    • Location: The Showroom, University of Chichester
    • Dates: 20 October 2016

  6. Disappering Acts
    • Location: Gulbenkian, Canterbury
    • Dates: 7 October 2016

  7. Disappering Acts
    • Location: The Place Theatre, London
    • Dates: 27-29 October 2016

  8. Disappering Acts
    • Location: RAS/Sandnes Kulturhus, Sandnes Norway
    • Dates: 15-16 November 2016

  9. Disappering Acts
    • Location: The Lowry, Salford
    • Dates: 31 October 2016

  10. Disappering Acts
    • Location: Jerwood DanceHouse DanceEast
    • Dates: 25 November 2016

  11. Disappering Acts
    • Location: Olivier Theatre, Petersfeld
    • Dates: 27 September 2016

Item Type: Performance
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 20319
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Depositing User: Nic Sandiland
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2016 14:01
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:41
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20319

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