Dancer and Choreographer Louise Ahl will be in residence at iC4C for 2 weeks during June. Louise will be developing material for a new dance performance Heavy Metal. The work is a Tramway co-production with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Informed by a period of choreographic research residencies at Tasdance and Critical Path in Australia in June/July 2018 (funded by Creative Scotland and Australia Council for the Arts). During this time Louise researched a feminist approach to alchemy, and visual description as a method to create layers of meaning to abstract content. One of these weeks was spent with Sydney-based choreographer Angela Goh, where they were developing a method to make sculptures that slowly decay inside, through a process of burying a mixed content that could decompose (garlic, blood, vinegar, flowers etc.) inside sheets of aluminium that was then beaten into a sculptural form.

This period of research shaped ideas for a new durational performance work, which Louise will now be working towards in the Dance4 residency. Louise is interested in creating what alchemists talk about as ‘thought images’ – abstract imagery filled with symbolism which was made to cultivate a person’s intuitive insight into matter and form, in order to disrupt any rationalising and ‘making sense’ of a piece of art.

Her residency will culminate in a studio sharing of the developed work up to this point.


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