9 Evenings: Vis-er-al

Polly Hudson with Katye Coe, Charlie Morrissey, Florence Peake, and Daren Pickles

8 – 10 October 2015

Polly Hudson, Katye Coe, Charlie Morrissey and Florence Peake have worked together, in different configurations, over the past two decades, and share underpinning approaches that focus on the viscerality of the body.

In the spirit of 9 Evenings, Polly Hudson leads the Vis-er-al  salon, bringing the artists together as a group with musician Daren Pickles for the first time to explore live and screen works in the immediate, visceral environment. The salon artists take Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, and the ensuing Judson Dance Theatre as a particular point of reference.

Presented through a sequence of salons, Vis-er-al includes classes, a lab, discussions, live performance, installation, single and multi channel screen works that share the viscerality of the body in space and on screen.

Programme of events:

Thu 8th Oct | 10 – 11.30am at DanceXchange, Thorp Street
Skinner Releasing Technique class with Polly Hudson

Skinner Releasing Technique is a pioneering approach to dance, movement and creative process that has evolved from the simple principle that when we are releasing physical tension, we can move with greater freedom, power and articulation.

Polly Hudson is Co-course Director for Dance at Coventry University. She is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique which forms the underpinning of her practice alongside Contact Improvisation.

Presented in association with Birmingham Dance Network.
All are welcome. Admission £5

Thu 8th Oct | 6 – 7pm at Vivid Projects
Screening: Carriage Discreetness by Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer founded the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, the genesis of a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance in the following decades. Rainer performed Carriage Discreteness as part of the original 9 Evenings series and it is the only one of her choreographed pieces to incorporate technology into its very structure.

The screening is introduced by Polly Hudson and Yasmeen Baig-Clifford.

Friday 9th October | 10am – 5pm at DanceXchange, Thorp Street
Performance Laboratory: Florence Peake 

Applications are open to work with internationally acclaimed dance artist Florence Peake in a one day laboratory and (re)making of her piece Remake
The laboratory will take place on Friday 09th October, 10am – 5pm, at DanceXchange and the final work will be performed on Saturday 10th October, 10am – 5pm at Vivid Projects. You must be available on both days. Participants are also advised to take Polly Hudson’s Skinner Releasing Technique class on Thursday 08 October, 10 – 11.30am at DanceXchange in preparation.

To apply, please submit your CV together with a statement of interest, and if possible, a link of you dancing to: hudsonpolly@hotmail.com. The closing date for applications is 28th August and successful applicants will be notified by 04th September.

This is a free CPD event, and is supported by Vivid Projects, Birmingham Dance Network and Dancexchange. 

Friday 9th October | 5.30 – 7.30pm at Vivid Projects
Katye Coe and Charlie Morrissey – ‘This Thing That We Do
Polly Hudson- ‘Making Lemonade’ & ‘Vis-er-al

Saturday 10th October | 2.30-5pm at Vivid Projects
Florence Peake – ‘Remake
Polly Hudson- ‘Making Lemonade’ & ‘Vis-er-al

Saturday 10th October | 5pm at Vivid Projects
In-conversation: Polly Hudson and Florence Peake

Vis-er-al  is convened by Polly Hudson and produced by Vivid Projects. Additional support from Birmingham Dance Network and Dancexchange.

This event is presented as part of 9 Evenings: Redux, a season of new collaborative commissions in which artists will critique, re-work and react to the seminal 1966 series 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering 

Polly Hudson