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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Of Oil and Water

Summary

Made for eight dancers with music by Orlando Gough, this is Davies' second full-length work. Fast energy, shifting territories and a travellator on stage provides new ways to test the perception of speed and space. The title suggests a play with layers that may or may not mix. Gough's music begins with the voice of a 112 year-old woman living in the Transvaal, and ends with part of an Estonian runo-song. In between is a Malaysian woman speaking, a Zulu man making playful noises, a Berber woman yelling, combined with the voice of Melanie Pappenheim and saxophones of Rob Townsend.

Analysis

‘Put oil and water together and they separate out into layers, held together by surface tension but kept apart by their own differences of density and viscosity.

This hour-long work is built on that image of layers that mix but do not merge. The dancers mark out the extent of their own bodies, pushing against the resisting floor, and moving as if sheathed in space. In duets the connections between them are lagged and dissonant, skin deflecting as much as providing the contact between them. And in groups they draw together like currents of movement that never blend into a single flow.

With the music and design adding their own dragging counterpull to the movement, the slippage and friction between these contrasting planes of action produce a tense, restless and driven image of human interaction, the dancers separated by the very surfaces that connect them’ (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 2000).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Of Oil and Water
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Laurent Cavanna, Catherine James, Henry Montes, Matthew Morris, Lauren Potter, Sasha Roubicek, Deborah Saxon, Sarah Warsop
  • Music: Orlando Gough
  • Music - comments: Created in collaboration with Melanie Pappenheim (voice) and Rob Townsend (saxophone). Also see programme for Orlando Gough's text 'Distance.....'
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Credited in original programme as Set Design
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Lighting design - comments: Production Electrician: Adrian Plaut
  • Sound Engineer: George Glossop
  • Costume Designer - comments: Costume Supervisor: Wizzy Shawyer
  • Costume Maker: Amanda Barrow
  • Costume Maker - comments: Wardrobe Assistant: Ruth Young
  • Production Manager: Ollie Brown
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Made for eight dancers with music by Orlando Gough, this is Davies' second full-length work. Fast energy, shifting territories and a travellator on stage provides new ways to test the perception of speed and space. The title suggests a play with layers that may or may not mix. Gough's music begins with the voice of a 112 year-old woman living in the Transvaal, and ends with part of an Estonian runo-song. In between is a Malaysian woman speaking, a Zulu man making playful noises, a Berber woman yelling, combined with the voice of Melanie Pappenheim and saxophones of Rob Townsend.
  • Analysis: ‘Put oil and water together and they separate out into layers, held together by surface tension but kept apart by their own differences of density and viscosity. This hour-long work is built on that image of layers that mix but do not merge. The dancers mark out the extent of their own bodies, pushing against the resisting floor, and moving as if sheathed in space. In duets the connections between them are lagged and dissonant, skin deflecting as much as providing the contact between them. And in groups they draw together like currents of movement that never blend into a single flow. With the music and design adding their own dragging counterpull to the movement, the slippage and friction between these contrasting planes of action produce a tense, restless and driven image of human interaction, the dancers separated by the very surfaces that connect them’ (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 2000).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 2000
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-02
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: 29/09/00 - 30/09/00 - The Oxford Playhouse, Oxford 06/10/00 - 07/10/00 - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 10/10/00 - 12/10/00 - Corn Exchange, Brighton 18/10/00 - 21/10/00 - Sadler's Wells, London 30/10/00 - 03/11/00 - Swindon Dance (educational residency) 09/11/00 - 10/11/00 - The Lowry, Salford 17/11/00 - 18/11/00 - Haymarket Theatre, Leicester 24/11/00 - 25/11/00 - Snape Maltings
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