Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Being Present; Live Art Workshop

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Being Present

Workshop delivered by Deux Oiseaux (Natalie Raven and Joanna Partridge) in conjunction with UKYA. Outline below.

8th November 2014

PACE Building, De Montfort University Leicester.

Full application details to follow.


Image Credit: Helena Goldwater



Outline

Being Present is an intensive, body-based live art workshop delivered by live art performance company Deux Oiseaux. Based on their mutual, body-based live art practice, Natalie and Joanna will guide you forwards on a journey of self, spacial and bodily awareness. Exercises will help you to explore notions of presence and energy in the space, with a clear focus on why and how these exercises are useful and/or transferable to your own performance practice. Our workshop is a collaborative event. You will be working closely with others, sharing thoughts, ideas, time, space, energy and breath. You will be developing new, visual, body-based material with others, and you will be asked to continually document these collaborative processes throughout the session. Thus, each participant is required to bring along a means of visually documenting the workshop. Resulting images will live on as legacy of this shared experience.

Our workshop will require you to bring with you a level of integrity; a commitment to yourself, to others, and especially to your practice. It is open to performers from all disciplines, as the exercises and techniques we will teach you can be applied to all performing arts practice which utilise the body. Natalie and Joanna look forward to working with you. 


Biography


Deux Oiseaux is a live art performance company co-directed by Joanna Partridge and Natalie Raven. Natalie and Joanna have extensive experience performing, producing, teaching and supporting the development of live art and performance making in the East Midlands. Joanna recently completed her Community Arts PGCE in Canada, and is currently teaching in the UK, adopting live art principles to her teaching methodologies. Natalie is undertaking a practice-led PhD in body-based live art, focusing on textile and feminist ideologies. We are pleased to announce an exciting new project taking place in our home-town of Leicester, in conjunction with UKYA

Responsive Bodies and Sculptures

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Responsive Bodies (2014)

Live response to Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae by Henry Moore (1968)

Performance to camera collaboration between Natalie Raven and Francesca Wraith
Warwickshire, UK.
September 2014













Thursday, 4 September 2014

Live Art and Legacy.

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"Authority lies with authorship

In Academic terms, what is written about, published, printed and bound is what is given weight. I see that writing about live art work, contributes towards its legacy. The lack of commodified 'art object' in the production of live art, leads to its tracelessness (sic) and invisibility. In some sense, this is the lure for the artist (for myself especially); a rejection of the vast commercialisation of the arts. 

In order to maintain legacy, to maintain knowledge, to maintain and continue the important dialogues prompted by live art works themselves, writing is key. Thoughts, considerations, views, politics, arguments and opinions can live forever on the pages of an author. 

I wish to be a part of a legacy"

Natalie Raven, September 2014.

 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

An example of post performance detritus; 'Only Angels Have Wings'

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Only Angels Have Wings (2014)

Post performance detritus
Performance to camera collaboration between Natalie Raven and Rachel Parry.
Nottingham, UK.
June 2014





Discover more from Rachel Parry at http://littlewolfparade.com/


'My Options are Open'

"I seem to be roaming... somewhere... drifting within some deeply dark and mysterious, un-categorisational no-mans-land (pun fully intentional). I'm wandering down corridors that echo as I step. These tall, long and narrow corridors lead me to mightily imposing doors, labelled 'artist', 'academic', 'writer', 'producer'. Unfortunately, I can't fully commit to walking through any of them and closing the door behind me.

So I stay in the corridor.

I listen to the wind howling through the shattered openings of an old window. The jagged glass sparkles in the moonlight. Icy air blows cold against my face. As I stand still, I begin to shiver. I look down and see the downy hairs on my arms begins to lift, and goosebumps appear; strangely reptilian. I feel comfortable.

My options are open."



Natalie Raven. September 2014

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Photograph published in SLAP Magazine


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SLAP Magazine
Review of Festival of Fools
by Martin Wilkes.
Adjoining photograph by Natalie Raven 

Original article can be viewed here: