Museum Pieces

A suite of three choreographies – Homage to R.R; Angles & Curves; and Old Masters – inspired by visual art and designed to be performed in museums and galleries. Accompanied by special-commissioned pre-recorded soundtracks by Sam Barnes.

Created for and with the support of Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff.


Homage to R.R: dedicated to American artist Robert Rauschenberg and inspired by an improvised ‘happening’ based on 10 instructions entitled Open Score that he created in New York in 1966. With a soundtrack generated from the performers speaking their own first names. Staged in the National Museum Cardiff atrium.

(12 minutes)


Angles & Curves: In three ‘movements’ of approximately 6 minutes each – ‘Angles’, ‘Curves’ and ‘Angles and Curves’. Based on a series of exercises developed in the mid-1970 by artist Fiona Templeton and Anthony Howell. With sequences of individual angular and curved postures and actions, paired interactions, and collective configurations reminiscent of compositional and sculptural forms. Requiring instinctive though informed responses…whilst always teetering on the edge of dis-balance and collapse. Staged in the gallery housing a touring exhibition by UK artist Gillian Ayres, at the National Museum Cardiff; and in the Atrium of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

(18 minutes)


Old Masters: In three ‘movements’ of approximately 6 minutes each – ‘Solos’, ‘Duos’ and ‘Groups’. Each performer has a repertoire of 10 poses chosen from classical paintings, that are articulated and combined in a multitude of ways during phases of solo, paired and group working, in compositions and sculptural forms that echo and challenge the artworks around them. Staged in the 18th Century paintings gallery at the National Museum Cardiff; and in the Atrium of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

(18 minutes)



Video:

Good News From The Future, Museum Pieces rehearsals, video: Ewa Pałka.

Performed:

2017: Created for and at Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff.

2018: Atrium, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

Photos: National Museum Cardiff: © Gordon Plant; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea: © Daniel McCabe; Video: © Ewa Pałka, 2017.