Between Earth and Sky

A game, a protest, an invitation for a cuddle; giving up, giving in, resting or sleep.

Contemporary dance rejected upright heavenward striving for the possibility of rolling, reclining, releasing into the ground. Contact Improvisation embraced falling yet further. For female dance pioneers such as Mary Wigman and Martha Graham this was a conscious choice but somehow through years of focusing on the biomechanics of entering and leaving the ground the meaning in this act may have been eroded for both performer and audience.

But where, when and why does a woman lie on the floor? When must she not? For what reasons does a child who until last year had only the floor as her movement realm choose to return to it?

Pregnant dancer Rachel Dean and her toddler respond to Elizabeth Price’s exhibition of reclining and recumbent bodies. The artwork inviting interpretation of their physical actions and thereby challenging a presumed lack of meaning when a female dance performer lies on the ground.

Comparison is made between the intentions of mother and daughter. The ongoing exchange between them is embodied and the constant duet of care, responsibility and the work of motherhood continues throughout.

Musical accompaniment from Oliver Dover.

Performed as part of Precarious Assembly, an evening of performance and installation throughout the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. Thursday 4th August 2016.