invisible dances...1999-2006

Bock and Vincenzi  

invisible dances… is a period of research that Bock & Vincenzi began in 1999. This time was set up to create a space and process of making work that would allow for experimentation, reflection and re-examination. To allow time to fully develop ideas outside the structure of theatrical presentation.
The one objective of this period was to keep open any idea of what ‘form’ the results of the research might finally take and to allow each block to develop as a continuum of ideas. Each step of the research opened up possibilities and multiplied the potential directions of the next step (backwards and sideward as well as forwards). During this time they worked with over fifty collaborators that included both sighted and visually impaired performers, dancers and actors; artists with physical disabilities, sound and video artists, computer programmers, philosophers, photographers, poets, writers, a phenomenologist academic and a spirit medium. They were drawn from England, Scotland, Norway, Armenia, Belgium and Brazil.

This time was about finding a different space in which to make theatre and in doing so, discovering a different space for us to inhabit the idea of the theatre.

invisible dances…
began with nothing and became a meditation on the idea of absence and the representation of absent spaces.

''Observing each of the performers apparently imprisoned in their own internal world, was a moving experience. The moments of communion between the dancers - an accidental mirroring of movements or the slight touch of a guiding hand on the back - were profoundly touching. This is an experiment truly worth watching and one that deserves an audience''
Total Theatre 1999

Invisible dances...Research Blocks

1999 - 2006

1999
Block 1

25th-31st March    
Sound Moves award/residency at The Place, London.
Collaborators: Luke Stoneham, Martin Harrison, Joanna Fong, Navraj Sidhu, Mette Edvardsen, and Jan Pearson.

Block 2
3rd-8th May    
Dance 4, Nottingham with a work-in-progress showing as part of NOTT Dance Festival.
Collaborators: Luke Stoneham, Joanna Fong, Navraj Sidhu, and Grace Surman.

Block 3
18th-28th August        
Yorkshire Dance, Leeds.
Collaborators: Mark Lorimer, Gill Lyons, and Theo Cowley.

Block 4

6th-17th September        
Chisenhale Artists Bursary, London.
Collaborators: Tim Gebbels and Gill Lyons.

Block 5
2nd-9th October   
invisible dances… in front of people watching
South Bank Centre R&D Commission with a work-in-progress presentation at the Purcell Room as part of The London Festival Of Visual Theatre (with live telephone intervention from the streets of Brussels, Belgium).
Collaborators: Navraj Sidhu, Tim Gebbels, Luke Stoneham, Valentina Formenti, Nanette Kincaid, Gill Lyons, Chahine Yavroyan, Mark Lorimer and Theo Cowley with the voice of Mette Edvardsen.
    
Commissioned artist text by Martha Fleming.

2000

Block 6
23rd-29th October       
Akademi for Figuretheater, Norway.
Collaborators: Andy McGregor.

Block 7
4th November   
Intervention as part of Vital Signs seminar on the arts and disability. Zangezour, Armenia/Nottingham, England.
Collaborators: Andy McGregor and Doran George.

2001
Block 8

16th July - 3rd August   
Choreodrome residency at The Place, London.
Collaborators: Tim Gebbels, Maria Oshodi, Andy McGregor, Mike Taylor and Yen Thou.

Block 9
16th-23rd November   
'Line of Enquiry' residency at Dance 4, Nottingham
Collaborators: Theo Cowley with students from the University College Northampton; Kevin Burns, Abbie Fuller, Katie Holliday, Sian Hughes, Josephine Sitta-Bey, Mike Taylor.

Block 10
4th February - 1st March    
Second stage of 'Line of Enquiry' residency at Dance 4, Nottingham
Collaborators: Nanette Kincaid, Tim Gebbels, Juliet Robson with students from the University College Northampton; Kevin Burns, Abbie Fuller, Katie Holliday, Sian Hughes, Josephine Sitta-Bey, Mike Taylor with Theo Cowley.

Commissioned artist text by Juliet Robson.
Commissioned interview by Martha Fleming

2002
Block 11            
29th August           
Toynbee Studios, London
Collaborator: Guy Dartnell
    
Block 12
10th-15th June           
Dance Base, Edinburgh.
Collaborators: Arlette George and Andy McGregor

Block 13
2nd - 13th September        
Choreodrome residency at The Place, London.
Collaborators: Gary Clarke, Lorena Randi and Nanette Kincaid.

Commissioned artist text by Mathew Hawkins.

Block 14
16th - 27th October        
STIEM, Amsterdam
Collaborators: Luke Stoneham and Robert van Heumen.

Block 15

11th - 19th November        
Laban, London
Collaborators: 2nd year Laban Students.

2003
Block 16

20th March   
A Show That Will Never Be Shown
Arts Theatre, London
Performed by: Frank Bock, Joanne Fong, Valentina Formenti, Tim Gebbels, Doran George, Nannette Kincaid, Gill Lyons, Navraj Sidhu & Chris Tandy. Soundscape - Luke Stoneham, Lighting - Chahine Yavroyan, Production Manager - Koen van Geene
With James Brown, Rose English, Henrik Thorup Knudsen and Fiona Templeton
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Commissioned by Media Art Projects

Block 17

1st - 31st May    
invisible dances…from afar:
A sound work-in-progress for the telephone. Presented as part of NottDance International Dance Festival.
Collaborators: Lisa Haskel, Ian Hill, Bill Hulley and Fiona Templeton.

Block 18
15th - 20th December        
In association with Stage Electrics
Collaborators: Koen van Geene, Jonathan Rouse and Chahine Yavroyan.

2004    
Block 19
30th - 31st July   
PRELUDE
Performance presented at the Royal Opera House, Clore Studio as part of Snagged & Clored.
Performed by Frank Bock, Jonathon Burrows, Gary Clarke, Mette Edvardsen, Rose English, Koen Van Geene, Luke Stoneham, &Yen Thou. Lighting - Chahine Yavroyan, Composer - Luke Stoneham.
    
Block 20
14th - 22nd August    untitled invisible dance.
Digital video shown as part of The Dark Room Dance on Film festival at Dance Base, Edinburgh. Curated by Marisa Zanotti.

Block 21
5th October - 27th November    invisible dances… from afar
A sound work for telephone with the voice of Fiona Templeton.
Presented in association with Dance Umbrella.

Block 22
5th October - 27th November    
invisible dances… from afar
London wide poster campaign with artist Duncan MacAskill.
Presented in association with Dance Umbrella.

Block 23
invisible dances… FROM AFAR: A SHOW THAT WILL NEVER BE SHOWN.
Publication with texts by Fiona Templeton, James Brown, Rose English and Martin Hargreaves. Photographs by Henrik Thorup Knudsen. Designed by Lewis Nicholson.

2005
Block 24

14th - 24th April   
invisible dances… from afar
A sound work for telephone with the voice of Fiona Templeton.
Presented as part of SpringDance, Utrect.

Block 25
8th - 20th August   
The Bridge Project, Queen Mary, University of London.
Collaborators: Andrew MacGregor, Luke Stoneham, Mike Taylor, François Testory.

Block 26
15th - 16th September   
L' Altrove
Performance presented at and commissioned by the 37th edition international theatre festival of the Venice Biennale.
Performed by Frank Bock, Gary Clarke, Theo Cowley, Rose English, Joanne Fong, Valentina Formenti, Tim Gebbels, Mary Herbert, Nanette Kincaid, Navraj Sidhu, Mike Taylor, & François Testory.
Lighting Design - Chahine Yavroyan, Composer - Luke Stoneham, Sound design Bill Birtchnell, Video - Andrew MacGregor, Production Manager - Koen van Geene with Mr Pearl, Sonja Harms and Chan Vi

    
2006

Block 27

4th - 31st May         
Here, As If They Hadn't Been, As If They Are Not an epilogue
The Invisible Dances
Performance presented at NOTTDANCE06, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts and Laban.
Performed by Frank Bock, Gary Clarke, Theo Cowley, Rose English, Valentina Formenti, Joanna Fong, Tim Gebbels, Mary Herbert, Nanette Kincaid, Navraj Sidhu, Luca Silvestrini, Mike Taylor & François Testory. Lighting Design - Chahine Yavroyan, Composer - Luke Stoneham, Video - Andrew MacGregor, Production Manager - Koen van Geene

Blog Post:

On Invisible Dances

This work changes dance forever in my mind. Its apparently private vocabulary is so startlingly familiar that suddenly I see and recognise in others a manifest of events which I have heretofore only felt unconsciously in the very molecules of my being.

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