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 Siobhan Davies Dance


Wyoming
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Wyoming

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1988
dance
 
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Wyoming was the first work made for Siobhan Davies Dance Company and was influenced by her travels across the US. Wyoming began by asking the dancers to imagine the different qualities of the surface that they moved on as well as the sensation of having 360 degrees of great distance all around them. They worked on the sensation of isolation that one or two figures might feel when in a vast terrain not normally marked by human activity.

John-Marc Gowans' original score did not have Gretel Ehrlich's spoken words which were added for the television production, broadcast in 1989.

‘On the film of Wyoming, as Julie Covington reads the writing of Gretel Ehrlich, there are images of huge landscape, subtle textures of ground surface, weather conditions, and the physical sensations produced by these external features. Although the inclusion of text suggests a more literal meaning, the dance concerns itself more with the play among areas of expansive space, and among intimate spaces in meetings between dancers. Davies rehearsed the piece with a variety of instructions: “think of how it would feel to be working on an uneven floor surface” or “imagine that you are dancing in an irregular space”. Thus, movement that is plain structurally could be infused with a particular liveliness and made strange’ (Jordan & Whatley, 1999).

Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
Music: John-Marc Gowans
Design: David Buckland
Garments: David Buckland
Film Director: Peter Mumford

photo and text: courtesy www.siobhnadaviesreplay.com

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Siobhan Davies Dance (view company features page)

www.siobhandavies.com
info@siobhandavies.com
t: 020 7091 9650

85 St. George's Road
London
SE1 6ER
England


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