Species of Spaces is a catalogue of many choreographic situations.
Species of Spaces does not designate one single fixed piece but rather a collection of countless possible variations. Selecting and assembling the catalogue’s different items together allows to create a bespoke dance performance. As a response to a fully malleable modern environment, Species of Spaces could be considered a customisable dance work.
The movement material and physical content of the piece are articulated around four themes: Container and contained, From abstract to narrative, Framing the void and Physical language.
The choreographic catalogue currently comprises nine situations: Edges of Sand | Enclosed Ash | Euclidean Drop | Ivory Lattice | Blank Prussian Blue | Mikadopark | Racing Green Station | Watch this Sinopia | Wide Open Coral.
Species of Spaces is a title borrowed from French writer Georges Pérec. Initiated by Lucille Teppa and developped by Eleven Farrer House, the project was first researched in 2014 thanks to the support of Ballet National de Marseille (France) and the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund. It was then further developed in 2015 with two residencies at Dance Research Studio (London) and Dance Limerick (Ireland); a first handful collection of situations was performed at St John’s Church (Limerick) and as part of Agony Art at Chisenhale Dance Space (London). This year, Species of Spaces has been presented again at The Point Eastleigh as part of Café choreographique as well as at The Cut (Halesworth).
ggggggggggggggggggggggREVIEW and SKETCH by Carolyn Roy
So female. And beautiful. So quietly, precisely, wafting and wefting. Filing through space. Drawing lines in space. A brocade or a tapestry. One almost breathes the breath, drops with the fall into movement as the dancers weave their pathways, count their steps and a pattern evolves. Cut. Breaking the thread. Pick up the weave. Another weave, another fabric emerges. Cut. Distinct test pieces, each skillfully designed. We watch them materialising before us, a catalogue of myriad possible variations. It ends with a single thread drawn on a journey through nostalgia, in stillness, a margin woven in memory, the edges of now.
ggggggggggggggggggggggPICTURES by Maria Andrews