Visual artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laïla Diallo collaborate for a new durational work commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance.
Titled Edge and Shore, the performance emerges from a dialogue between the two artists about making and process. It explores where their two creative practices meet and permeate, informed by their shared thinking on movement, materiality and place.
The work evolves over two hours and takes place in the Gallery 2 exhibition Keith Sonnier: Light Works.
Helen Carnac is an artist, maker, curator and academic who lives and works in London. Central to her practice as a maker and a thinker are: drawing, mark-making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker, and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection. Helen often works in interdisciplinary environments. She has worked extensively in the UK and US, and in 2011 as a guest Professor at Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin.
She is a member of the collaborative making project Intelligent Trouble, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is actively involved in developing dialogue within the Crafts. In 2006 she was co-chair for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery conference, and in 2009 she was awarded a Cultural leadership fellowship in the Crafts. She also curated the national touring show Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution, which opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2009. In 2012 Helen took part in Siobhan Davies Dance residency programme Side by Side.
Born in Canada, Laïla Diallo currently lives in Bristol. She danced with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance from 1998 to 2005. Since then she has focused on her own choreographic work, and has worked as a movement director for theatre and opera productions. She was awarded a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006 and was an Associate Artist at ROH2 at the Royal Opera House between 2009 and 2012.
Creations include the solos Imprint, The Wayside and At-any-moment-something-else for Theo Clinkard; Between the Shingle the Dune, Sense of Self – a piece co-authored with Montreal-based choreographer and performer Mélanie Demers; on the feeling of being together for map dance; and Come rain or come shine for Verve, the postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Her latest work, Hold Everything Dear, draws inspiration from themes of migration and displacement. In 2012 Laila was part of Siobhan Davies Dance residency Side by Side.
Founded and led since 1988 by pioneering choreographer Siobhan Davies CBE, Siobhan Davies Dance has evolved over the years from a national & international touring dance company into a ground-breaking investigative contemporary arts organisation.