Workshop Choreographing Joy
13 maj 2022
Experience the power of dance in an in-person movement workshop with choreographer Dr Vânia Gala. Introduced by artist Harold Offeh, the workshop will reflect on the scores or instructions for movements developed by Gala and performed by Offeh and other performers in the installation ‘Joy Inside Our Tears’ exhibited as part of Bodies in motion - dance and resistance.
Harold Offeh's video installation Joy Inside Our Tears is part of the ongoing exhibition Bodies in motion: Dance and resistance. Harold’s installation examines the relationship between trauma, social dance and collective joy. Collective dance does not, however, always necessarily signal joy but can also be a sign of stress, driven by societal anxiety, anger or sadness associated with a time characterised by fear. The work was created during the pandemic when social distancing and a ban on collective dance was widespread.
For the workshop no previous experience is required and you’ll be invited to move in whatever way is comfortable for you. Please bring comfortable clothes. We’ll conclude with a free lunch. Limited number of participants please sign up.
14th of May: Artist talk 15:00 at Konsthall C
On the 14th of May our curator Ulrika Flink will hold an artist talk with Dr Vânia Gala and Harold Offeh about their processes and thoughts about the power of dance in our lives. Welcome!
Harold Offeh is a UK-based artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by inhabiting or embodying histories, using humour to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects (London), Kettle’s Yard, Wysing Arts Centre Studio (Cambridge), Studio Museum Harlem (New York), MAC VAL (France) Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark) and Art Tower Mito (Japan). He recently completed a PhD exploring the activation of Black album covers through performance. He is a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.
Vânia Gala's researcher page at Kingston Unversity
Vânia Gala is a choreographer and researcher. Gala's choreographies and conversational performances explore the critical potential of (non)performance(s) and opacity in the present time. Her interests lie in critical dance studies, performance philosophy and experimental practices with an emphasis on notions of refusal, choreo-thinking, fugitivity, improvisation(s), negotiation, dissensus, hospitality and value.