In this workshop we will work with ideas and material from Gillie's project, friend. friend is a performance for a non-professional dancer to present in their home to an audience of only their friends.
The fixed score, made up of distinct components, comes together into a 30-minute choreography which playfully folds the performer and their performance into cultural history. Rather than asking the performers to talk about their lives, friend is a form of portraiture that allows the audience to see their dear one completely anew, invoking the strange potentialities of contemporary dance to tenderly invite the friends to see and be seen in a novel way. It involves iconic post-modern American dance performance Trio A, two versions of I Will Always Love You, karaoke, and a small but effective smoke machine. It is craftful, ridiculous, and very very friendly.
In the workshop, we will build a version of friend that can suit us as individuals and as a group on the day. We will work with moving, speaking, resting and singing, though we can each choose how we do these different activities, including choosing which bits to do. Please come in clothes you feel good about moving in, including the possibility of lying on the floor if you think you might have the urge.
Gillie Kleiman works with and in dance and choreography, creating performances, texts, events and pedagogical encounters.
Gillie’s work has a persistent interest in both the figure and the activity of the non-professional, and many of the projects have involved participation of non-professional collaborators or of the audience. In 2020, Gillie initiated a new cycle of thinking and working about fat and fatness.
Gillie has degrees in dance and performance, including a PhD in Dance Studies. Alongside her artistic practice, she is Head of Higher Education at Dance City, an adviser to Jerwood Arts, a Trustee of People Dancing, a Director of Newcastle Creates, and external examiner at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. She is a member of UVW-DCW and is an accredited trade union representative.
Gillie lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Image: By Kit Haigh, of a workshop related to Recreation (2017)
This year's The GIFT Exchange festival is taking place in Gateshead and online providing in-person and online spaces for us to come together and experience work and participate in workshop activities.
Tickets are limited and by donation. Our suggested donation for attending The GIFT exchange is £10. Your donation helps support GIFT activity now and in the future.
Recommended age rating: 14+
Duration: 2 hours
Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road