Marking the 60th anniversary of the death of Swiss modernist writer Robert Walser, join a special screening of choreographer Siobhan Davies and film maker David Hinton‘s 2012 film constructed entirely from found footage, All This Can Happen.
All This Can Happen is based on Robert Walser’s novella ‘The Walk’ (1917), which follows the footsteps of the protagonist as a series of small adventures. Chance encounters take the walker from idiosyncratic observations of ordinary events towards a deeper pondering on the comedy, heartbreak and ceaseless variety of life.
Also featuring the launch of the latest International Journal of Screendance, dedicated to All This Can Happen.
The screening will be accompanied by a post-show Q&A with Siobhan Davies and David Hinton.
‘The reason to watch this film is not because it is artful and thoughtful, though it is that. It is because it restores us to our senses, because it touches – gently – both body and soul. To walk, it suggests, is to be in the world.’ Sanjoy Roy, Aesthetica
‘Davies and Hinton have achieved the near-impossible: a film both harrowing and full of levity, pathological and poignant, microscopic and expansive.’ Sukhdev Sandhu, Sight & Sound
Supported by Arts Council England and produced by Siobhan Davies Dance
Siobhan Davies is a renowned British choreographer who first rose to prominence in the 1970s and was a founding member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. In 1982 she joined forces with Richard Alston and Ian Spink, to create independent dance company Second Stride. Establishing Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, she consistently works closely with collaborating dance artists to ensure that their own artistic enquiry is part of the creative process. By 2002 Davies moved away from the traditional theatre circuit, by starting to make work for gallery spaces and other sites. Within her artistic practice, Davies brings together a collective of artists and choreographers, to create an environment that supports them in sharing common investigative concerns alongside their own creative work.
Davies applies choreography across a wide range of creative disciplines including visual arts, craft and film. Alongside director David Hinton, Davies created her first film work All This Can Happen in 2012, which has subsequently toured globally over 21 countries. Recent choreographic works such as To hand (2011), Manual (2013) and Table of Contents (2014) have been presented at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK and Europe, including the ICA and Whitechapel Gallery (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Tramway (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol).
David Hinton is a British film director who has twice won BAFTA awards for his documentaries. Hinton is also widely renowned for his Dance films, winning the IMZ Dance Screen Award three times, in addition to a Prix Italia and an Emmy. He worked for ten years on the ITV arts programme The South Bank Show, where he made documentaries about artists of all kinds, including painter Francis Bacon, film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Alan Bennett, and rock and roller Little Richard. Hinton has also made films about Dostoyevsky, visual comedy, and the Cultural Revolution in China. He is well known in the dance world for Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men and Strange Fish and his film versions of stage shows by DV8 Physical Theatre. He has also directed television films with Adventures in Motion Pictures, the Alvin Ailey Company and the Royal Swedish Ballet. He has collaborated with several choreographers, including Matthew Bourne, Rosemary Lee and Wendy Houstoun, to create original dance works for the screen. He has also made several experimental screen dance works using archive footage and “found” movement and teaches dance film workshops all over the world.