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Event type: Performance
Basic Tension © Jamila Johnson-Small Part of: Artists Curating Dance

Sat 1 Jul, 7:30pm

Venue: Live Art Bistro

1-2 Regent Street, Leeds, LS2 7QA

Presented by: Live Art Bistro

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BASIC TENSION is currently a research process, a series of studies towards turning the questions driving her physical research outwards, provoking processes of ‘untaming’ – tearing at the edges of things – to access more ways of moving, thinking about moving, moving thinking and encountering dancing for performer and audience.

Drawing on an interest in the inbetween spaces, things that slip through the cracks of time/memory/attention, syncopation, trance states, dance as radical social practice, energetic environment, electronic music and two-step dances, BASIC TENSION resonates in the tensions between social, professional, psychic, spiritual, academic, physiological and technological practices and processes, considering the blurred boundaries between the public and the intimate for the performing body and the bodies of its audience, navigating bodies as object, animal, human, machine, environment.

For 2 weeks Jamila will be based at LAB creating, researching and reaching out to the local artistic community.


Open class
Wed 21 / Thu 22 / Fri 23 & Fri 30 Jun, 10am – noon
at Live Art Bistro

Jamila will open up her process in what she calls ‘soft practice’. The sessions attempt to open up her current thinking around a context for physical practice. Expect some dancing, to some music, with some words to encourage, to ignore, to suggest, to convince, to seduce…

Sessions are free and open to anyone, regardless of any professionalised dance training. These sessions are drop in and you can come along to as many or as few as you like.

Saturday 1 July, 7:30pm till late
at Live Art Bistro

BASIC TENSION will culminate in an event involving invited artists Hannah Buckley, Season Butler and Fernanda Munoz-Newsome presenting work in response/relation to these themes and a sharing of part of Jamila’s research so far.

BASIC TENSION is part of Yorkshire Dance’s Artists Curating Dance project, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It aims to develop curatorial practice with a selected group of six artists, including Adam Young (Live Art Bistro), who are working at the cutting edge of contemporary practice and who are supported to develop curatorial ideas.


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