Moving, seeing and being seen

This workshop will explore relationships between seeing and being seen in motion. It will work from the physical bases of perception to explore how our seeing supports our action and vice versa.

We will shift between different ways of working with our senses as we move – seeing, listening and feeling - alone and together with others. We will observe ourselves and other people in action and to explore what we mean by performance – whether it is something more concerned with the doing, showing, or being in communication – or what any of those things might mean to us as individuals.

We will use improvisational skills, scores and practices to explore different ways in which movement arises and is developed through interaction, and we will play with ways in which we invite being seen in that process. We will question how we might engage with being seen as a means of supporting and amplifying the substance of our actions.

The work is fed by Charlie’s work with Steve Paxton’s Material For the Spine as a resource for thinking movement, and with Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores as tools for group composition. The workshop is also fed by his own studies and research in performance, composition and different approaches to body/mind relationships.

This workshop will be an opportunity to dive into an intensive few days of expanded moving and performing practice where perception, action, and the firing of our imaginations be our materials.

Charlie Morissey

Charlie Morrissey is a director/choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher, who has been working in the field of performance for 30 years.

He creates large and small-scale site-specific and theatre and gallery based performance work in diverse contexts and locations; he organises and collaborates in a variety of performance research projects; and performs and collaborates in the work of other performance makers.

His work is influenced by ongoing working relationships with Steve Paxton, Siobhan Davies, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Scott Smith, Katye Coe, K.J.Holmes, Katie Duck and others. Teaching is central to his practice and his classes are laboratories for exploration and discovery. He teaches for dance and theatre companies, institutions, festivals and independent organisations internationally.

Recent and upcoming projects include performances of Materials rearranged to be with Siobhan Davies Dance; What Happens When - a commission from Joint Adventures with Andrea Buckley, Orlando Gough and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich; a new group work currently in creation: If this is it, then what are we going to do with it with Ben Ash, Neil Callaghan, Katye Coe, Tom Goodwin and Susanna Recchia; performances of a solo directed by Colin Poole, and performing in Quarantine’s Wallflower.

Charlie is also developing an international artist-led programme of dance activities at Wainsgate Chapel in Yorkshire.