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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Wyoming

Summary

Wyoming was the first work made for Siobhan Davies Dance Company and was made within 12 months of Embarque, both works were influenced by her travels across the US. Wyoming began by asking the dancers to imagine the different qualities of the surface that they moved on as well as the sensation of having 360 degrees of great distance all around them. They worked on the sensation of isolation that one or two figures might feel when in a vast terrain not normally marked by human activity. John-Marc Gowans' original score did not have Gretel Ehrlich's spoken words which were added for the television production, broadcast in 1989.

Analysis

‘On the film of Wyoming, as Julie Covington reads the writing of Gretel Ehrlich, there are images of huge landscape, subtle textures of ground surface, weather conditions, and the physical sensations produced by these external features. Although the inclusion of text suggests a more literal meaning, the dance concerns itself more with the play among areas of expansive space, and among intimate spaces in meetings between dancers. Davies rehearsed the piece with a variety of instructions: “think of how it would feel to be working on an uneven floor surface” or “imagine that you are dancing in an irregular space”. Thus, movement that is plain structurally could be infused with a particular liveliness and made strange’ (Jordan & Whatley, 1999).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Wyoming
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Scott Clark, Gill Clarke, Paul Douglas, Sean Feldman, Michael Fulwell, Jeremy James, Lauren Potter, Lizie Saunderson, Deborah Saxon
  • Music: John-Marc Gowans
  • Music - comments: Commissioned score. Text from 'Spring' by Gretel Ehrlich, spoken by Julie Covington on Dance-Lines Production for Channel Four television.
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Set and Costume Design
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Costume Maker: Penny Thompson
  • Film Director: Peter Mumford
  • Painter: Scenic Painting - Russell Mills, David Buckland
  • Other TV/Film/Radio Credits: Shown with White Man Sleeps as part of Channel Four's Dance on Four series 28/05/1989
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Wyoming was the first work made for Siobhan Davies Dance Company and was made within 12 months of Embarque, both works were influenced by her travels across the US. Wyoming began by asking the dancers to imagine the different qualities of the surface that they moved on as well as the sensation of having 360 degrees of great distance all around them. They worked on the sensation of isolation that one or two figures might feel when in a vast terrain not normally marked by human activity. John-Marc Gowans' original score did not have Gretel Ehrlich's spoken words which were added for the television production, broadcast in 1989.
  • Analysis: ‘On the film of Wyoming, as Julie Covington reads the writing of Gretel Ehrlich, there are images of huge landscape, subtle textures of ground surface, weather conditions, and the physical sensations produced by these external features. Although the inclusion of text suggests a more literal meaning, the dance concerns itself more with the play among areas of expansive space, and among intimate spaces in meetings between dancers. Davies rehearsed the piece with a variety of instructions: “think of how it would feel to be working on an uneven floor surface” or “imagine that you are dancing in an irregular space”. Thus, movement that is plain structurally could be infused with a particular liveliness and made strange’ (Jordan & Whatley, 1999).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1988
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-03
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: 09/11/88 - 13/11/88 - Riverside Studios, London (Premiere) 11/05/89 - 13/05/89 - Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton 19/05/89 - 20/05/89 - Scottish Ballet Studio Theatre, Glasgow 02/06/89 - Northcott Theatre, Exeter with White Man Sleeps (1988) 11/06/92 - 13/06/92 - Theatre Clwyd, Mold 23/06/92 - 24/06/92 - Oxford Playhouse 02/07/92 - 04/07/92 - Salisbury Playhouse with White Bird Featherless (1992)
  • Subscription - only: Public
  • Permanenent URL: http://siobhandaviesreplay.com/record/38