Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
As part of Bodies of Knowledge, Joe Moran ran workshops with professional wrestler Thomas Dawkins (aka Cara Noir) and Dr Claire Warden, leading performing arts students and trainee wrestlers in an exploration of the notion of “the real” as it relates to wrestling and performance, with attention to the ways in which this concept plays into representations of violence and gender in both disciplines.
The Injunction, an experimental documentary film of the workshop was produced by the filmmaker Sam Williams: this was shown at the Bodies of Knowledge Exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, in November 2019, and can be viewed above. A conversation featuring Moran, Dawkins and Warden alongside the dramaturg Martin Hargreaves, wrestler and dancer Claire Heafford, and researcher and wrestling promoter Sam West features in Bodies of Knowledge, published by Radar and the Live Art Development Agency.
Joe Moran is a British-Irish artist and choreographer based in London with a wide-ranging practice incorporating theatre and gallery performance, curatorial projects, lecture-performance, drawing and spray paint works. Joe is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation through which his performance and curatorial work is produced. He is currently in residence at Wysing Arts Centre and is a Dance4 Associate Artist. Recent and forthcoming commissions and performances include Sadler’s Wells (2019), The Lowry (2019), London Contemporary Dance School (2019), Wysing Arts Centre (2018), Bluecoat (2018) coinciding with the Liverpool Biennial, Kettle’s Yard (2018), Sadler’s Wells (2017), Whitechapel Gallery (2017), Delfina Foundation (2016), Block Universe/ fig-2 at the ICA (2015) and DRAF (Frieze 2014). Joe contributed to the publication Who Cares? Dance in the Gallery & Museum and Nothing About Us Without Us, a recently commissioned essay on artist advocacy was published by Siobhan Davies Dance in November.
Movement with Meaning: Dance, Identity, Knowledge
Wed 24 February 2021
19:00pm - 21:00pm
An online event with film and discussion exploring how dance produces meaning for audiences and dancers. Read more
Bodies of Knowledge in Residence at Attenborough Arts Centre
Fri 25 October 2019
00:00am - 00:00am
Radar presents ongoing work exploring the body as a site for the production of knowledge. Read more