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Still Life

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Published

Publication date25/09/2008
Place of publicationFar Arnside, Silverdale
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A coastline dance and live art performance work about how we frame nature and the forces that lie beyond the frame. Taking place at Far Arnside in 2008, and Silverdale, Lancashire in 2009, small audience groups were led by a guide from cliff top to sandy shore, over limestone rock and salt-marsh grass. Installations made from objects discovered along the way provided trails for the audience to follow. Along these trails, spectators came across digital recordings, verbal descriptions, cardboard frames placed over natural and man-made objects, and photographs of objects no longer present (such as a dead gull and the sea at high tide). As they walked, a story unfolded concerning a woman from the past whom they witnessed out on the sands, and a weathered washed-up man from the present they beheld dancing on rocks.

Still Life was co-directed and performed by Nigel Stewart and Louise Ann Wilson. A film version of the show was created in 2010. The project is also a case study in "The Weathering Body: Composition and Decomposition in Environmental Dance and Site-Specific Live Art”, an essay by Nigel Stewart published in the book The Dynamic Body in Space: Developing Rudolf Laban's Ideas for the 21st Century.

Produced by Sap Dance and the Louise Ann Wilson Company, the project was supported by funds from the Landscape & Environment Programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2008), and the Research & Enterprise Fund of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Lancaster University (2009).

Bibliographic note

Stewart, Nigel (2010) “The Weathering Body: Composition and Decomposition in Environmental Dance and Site-Specific Live Art”, in Lesley Anne Sayers (ed.) The Dynamic Body in Space: Developing Rudolf Laban's Ideas for the 21st Century, London: Dance Books. ISBN: 1 85273 138 9 / 978 1 852 73138 0.