Dance and imagery in Picture The Moment at Viewfinder

By Culture24 Staff | 29 January 2009
A picture of two dancers, one standing with their hand in the air while the other crouches on the floor

Claire Davidson explores the human form and movement in Picture the Moment

Exhibition Preview: Picture the Moment, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London, February 7-22 2009

“Picture the Moment has proved an exciting and challenging exhibition to curate, not least because it has been so hard to picture quite how it might come together,” reflects Louise Forrester, introducing her examination of the relationship between choreographers, dancers and photographers.

“Rather than reaching a particular moment of clarity there has been a continued stream of new ideas and developments, all of which are still in motion. The exhibition has evolved and mutated according to each participant's particular interests, guided only by the overarching themes of photographed performance.”

A picture of a group of people in close proximity to each other, some of whom are holding each other up or leaning on others

London dance and theatre group Ludovic des Cognets feature in the exhibition

An ambitious exhibition colliding the worlds of conceptual art and physical performance, Picture the Moment draws together London’s Laban Theatre, Trinity College of Music’s Old Royal Naval College Site and multiple artists, becoming the first Viewfinder show to expand beyond the Gallery walls.

A picture of a man dressed like a caveman toying with plant-like artefacts

Shaun Caton made his own cave in Cardiff in an eight-hour performance photographed by Anna Hillman

The Ludovic des Cognets group are pictured holding mass improvisation sessions, and photographer Claire Davidson accompanies a pair of dancers on a scamper through space and light at the Laban studio, exploring different potential viewpoints of human form and motion to focus on the fragility of human presence, which she considers “central to the experience of being alive.”

A picture of a boy flung into the air above a trampoline

James Reid photographs the art of trampolining

Anna Hillman witnesses an eight-hour performance by Shaun Caton at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Covering his face with a red velvet cloth, bandages and a painted mask and concentrating only on his own breathing, Caton created his own cave – either prehistoric or apocalyptic, depending on where you were standing – to mess with sticks, clay, strings, scratch marks and plaster in a trance-like state.

A picture of the shadow of two dancers running behind a screen

Claire Davidson looks at movement and time by following two dancers

“I had to remind myself to keep a constant awareness of the performer, moving out of a space he might need to move into, being aware of his movements and the transformations that he was effecting,” says Hillman.

A picture of people moving in a dance hall

An interactive live performance is due to take place in the middle of February as part of the project

The results resemble weird, rugged and primal manipulations from the temporary hermit. It also seems to have been an attempt to wrench dance from its expected platforms, a method James Reid builds upon by capturing the free self-expression of trampoline lovers against a backdrop of nature.

A picture of two people facing the floor as part of a dance performance

Dance and theatre combine in Picture the Moment

Part of Trinity Laban’s three-day In The Moment festival starting on February 17, the project wouldn’t be complete without a site-specific performance, provisionally slated for February 20 with sound, movement, text, drawing and photography between Davidson, the London Concrete collective and Lizzie Sells in the Gallery.

Audience members are invited to interact, which sounds like a temptation too far if there are trampolines and caves involved.

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