Contemporary art, dance and ideas
Perpetual Movement is an exhibition showcasing the relationship between contemporary dance and contemporary art. Four international artists, working in a range of mediums, each respond differently to the inspiration of contemporary dance, their works shown alongside a carefully curated selection of objects, footage and costumes from Rambert’s archive.
Internationally renowned artist Goshka Macuga presents an installation piece echoing the physicality, bodily limits and repetition in the work of both professional dancers. On Saturdays at 1pm throughout the exhibition, the installation is animated by a performance choreographed by Mbulelo Ndabeni and Fukiko Takase. This new piece in collaboration with David Roberts Art Foundation combines music, costume, performance, choreography and art.
Berlin based Michaela Zimmer adopts the performance aspect herself, creating gestural canvas works where the paint strokes demonstrate her physical limits whilst the draped, curtain-like film layers allude to tension and movement as the light reflects and shifts as the audience navigates the works.
Sheffield based digital artist Leila Johnston takes yet another approach to the themes of movement, duration, physicality and performance. Using both standard and heat mapping filming techniques, Leila has created an immersive LED installation of spectacle and movement, both in the dancers she filmed and the way in which the audience is encouraged to experience the work. Leila’s work was developed during her time spent as Rambert’s inaugural Digital Creative in Residence.
In contrast to this lively work is a serene, sculptural candle installation by Katie Paterson which will be lit as the finale to Perpetual Movement, alluding to notions of duration, performance and collaboration. As Katie’s candle piece burns through its 23 layers, it unveils a series of odours detected by scientists as existing in various positions in space; from a rusty penny to burnt almond cookie.
The exhibition is co-curated by Rambert and The Lowry. It runs at The Lowry in Salford from Sat 29 October 2016 – Sun 26 February 2017.
Gallery opening times:
Sun – Fri 11am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 5pm
Performances during Perpetual Movement will take place every Saturday, plus Sunday 26 February, 1 – 2pm
BSL-delivered tour of Perpetual Movement:
Fri 16 December 6.30pm
Audio-described tour of Perpetual Movement:
Sun 18 December 11am
The exhibition is part of the celebrations of Rambert at 90, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.