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Siobhan Davies Transparent

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A black and white collage of photos

An evening of film and conversation that reflects upon a life’s work in dance by renowned artist and choreographer Siobhan Davies

Transparent is a gentle manifesto and a visionary work of art in itself. At the heart of the film and the discussion are the reflections of dancer and choreographer Siobhan Davies as she unravels the complex processes that underpin a life’s work in dance. At the same time, she looks far beyond herself, touching upon the histories of movement embedded in each of us, allowing the watcher to enter a descriptive world and feel the weight of their own body – walking or turning or falling. The images in the film echo Davies’ thoughts, showing the physical fluidity and depth of movement between all things.

Siobhan Davies is a renowned choreographer and founder of Siobhan Davies Studios. She has been creating, dancing and performing for over 50 years.

Following the film screening, Siobhan Davies will be joined on stage for a conversation with Gareth Evans.

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[Image description] This black and white collage of photos includes the bones of a horse’s hoof; a dancer stepping forward with one toe pointed downwards, like a horse; a close-up of reins held loosely in a hand; two classical stone sculptures – a woman looking at a man with lowered head; and a blurred photo of a woman with her head thrown back in movement.

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I can dance something yesterday and I can only dance it today in the knowledge of the experience I’ve had between yesterday and today. I am a body. I don’t have one. The word ‘body’ just isn’t enough. It doesn’t encompass the all of us.

Siobhan Davies

Transparent, you discover, becomes a web of images, words, sounds and ideas, shimmering with synaptic connections that form and fade like memory itself.



A Film by Siobhan Davies in collaboration with David Hinton and Hugo Glendinning

Animation Editing Noriko Okaku
Cinematography “Transparency” (Part 3) Hugo Glendinning
Producer Pinky Ghundale
Archive Producer Fourth Drawer
Production Assistance Rosa Manzi Reid
Sound Design Chu-Li Shewring and Stefan Smith
Additional Composition “A Lived In Circle” (Part 2) Stefan Smith
Sound Supervisor Chu-Li Shewring
Music Matteo Fargion and Aisha OrazbayevaVo
Recording Hugo Glendinning and Andy Franzkowiak
Archive Support Rob Prouse
Distribution & Exhibition Consultant Johanna Blair
Adjunct Moving Image Curator of Whitechapel Gallery Gareth Evans
Siobhan Davies Studios Executive Director Damaris Mcdonald
Siobhan Davies Studios Development Manager Carrie Anne Ratcliff

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