Materiality Will Be Rethought: Part One

Joe Moran

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    Dance rehearsals lead by Joe Moran in the exhibition Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful, © Whitechapel Gallery. Dancers: Temitope Ajose-Cutting and Eve Stainton. Photo: Nick Seaton

Past Event

This event was on Thu 19 Mar, 7pm and 8.15pm (repeated performance)


Two time slots are available, the performance will be repeated at 7pm and 8.15pm

Artist and choreographer Joe Moran presents the first of a two part new performance commission conceived in dialogue with Carlos Bunga’s exhibition Something Necessary and Useful

Materiality will be Rethought is created as a site-specific work considering the architectural and conceptual proposition of Bunga’s installation. It navigates dance’s potential to animate and disrupt architectural space, the physicality of the dancer’s voice and the moving body as a site of political unrest and complex subjectivities. Over the course of six months and three performances, Moran’s choreography offers new contextual frameworks within which Something Necessary and Useful can be experienced. In turn the sculptural environment created by Bunga creates a space of friction, interrogated by the present bodies of dancers with whom Moran works.

Performance duration: 35 minutes.

7.30 – 8 pm Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful Book Launch

Artist Carlos Bunga will be present to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful.

About Joe Moran

Joe Moran is a British-Irish artist and choreographer with a wide-ranging practice incorporating theatre and gallery performance, curatorial projects, lecture-performance, drawing and spray paint works. He is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation through which his performance and curatorial work is produced, and worked internationally as a dancer with choreographers Deborah Hay (USA), Stina Nyberg (Sweden) and Siobhan Davies (UK) amongst others.

Recent commissions and performances include Sadler’s Wells (2019), NottDance at Nottingham Contemporary (2019), The Lowry (2019), London Contemporary Dance School (2019), Wysing Arts Centre (2018), Bluecoat (2018) coinciding with the Liverpool Biennial, Kettle’s Yard (2018), Sadler’s Wells (2017), Delfina Foundation (2016), Block Universe/ fig-2 at the ICA in collaboration with Eva Rothschild (2015) and David Roberts Art Foundation (Frieze 2014).

Joe contributed to the publication Who Cares? Dance in the Gallery & Museum and his essay On The Act of Dancing was published in a collection of commissioned texts coinciding with his first performances at Sadler’s Wells.

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Carlos Bunga Performance

Thu 19 Mar, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Free entry

For the first of two reconfigurations of the work, artist Carlos Bunga performs in his installation Something Necessary and Useful.

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Carlos Bunga Something Necessary and Useful

21 Jan – 6 Sep 2020
Free exhibition

Carlos Bunga (b. 1976, Portugal) creates monumental structures out of everyday materials to propose architecture as transitory and corporeal in his first major UK commission.