The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans
26 May 2010 - 1 May 2011
Claire Barclay’s sculpture becomes the inspiration for live dance performances by outstanding British choreographers.
On the 20 and 21 January, for two nights only, Dog Kennel Hill Project, a collaboration between innovative dancers Ben Ash, Henrietta Hale and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, perform Figure Stuck, Stuck. This piece was developed during their residency at the Gallery in November 2010 and arises from their interest in the investigation of new contexts for dance.
From 2 - 20 March, the dance artist Matthias Sperling and choreographer Siobhan Davies will present a new performance in the Gallery. Developed at Siobhan Davies Studios, the new dance piece will be performed within the Shadow Spans installation over four hours a day for a period of three weeks. The work will be informed by Davies and Sperling’s engagement with Barclay’s installation and the ideas behind her work.
From 30 March–17 April, Zenaida Yanowsky, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, performs a piece by celebrated choreographer Will Tuckett, which playfully references the similarities between the formal elements of classical dance and the architectural elements of Barclay’s work.
Claire Barclay is a leading figure in a generation of young sculptors who have re-engaged with craft techniques and the symbolic resonance of materials. The architectural mix of the
Dog Kennel Hill Project: Figure Stuck, Stuck
20–21 January, 7pm, 7.40pm, 8.20pm. (£7/6 conc.)
Matthias Sperling with Siobhan Davies Dance
2–20 March, Wednesday–Sunday, 1–5.30pm, Thursdays 4–8pm. During these times the performer will take occasional 5 minute breaks. (Free)
Watch the live rehearsals at Siobhan Davies Dance studios on Thursday 17 February at 2.30pm. Click here for more information
Zenaida Yanowsky with Will Tuckett:
30 March 3-5pm (Free)
31 March, 6,7,13,14,16 and 17 April 3–6pm. (Free)
Click here to read more about the performances (pdf)
Visitors can access more images, video and information on the performances via the QR code available on the wall panel within the exhibition. Using a free QR reader on any internet-ready phone, visitors can photograph the code to access a special microsite featuring content relating to Claire Barclay's work and the performances.
A QR Code is a barcode which takes the user directly to a website, with no need to type in an address. QR is the acronym for Quick Response, as the code was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. This project has been developed for the Whitechapel Gallery by Open Creative Communications.
Free education resource available to download:
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The Bloomberg Commission invites an international artist to create an annual site-specific artwork inspired by the rich history of the former library. Bloomberg’s support reflects its commitment to innovation, and its ongoing efforts to expand access to art, science and the humanities.
Additional support provided by the Wingate Scholarships. Claire Barclay is the Wingate Artist-in-Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Performances supported by:
Catherine and Franck Petitgas
With support from the Siobhan Davies Commissioning Fund