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Event type: Performance
© Jamila Johnson-Small for Yorkshire Dance's Artist Curating Dance - Basic Tension at Live Art Bistro 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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Live Art Bistro is hyped to be working in support of artist Jamila Johnson-Small in the development and creation of a new work, BASIC TENSION. The project is towards turning the questions driving her physical research outwards, provoking processes of ‘untaming’ – shedding back layers of learned information and trained obedience – to access other ways of moving or thinking about moving.

Drawing on her interest in the inbetween spaces, in things that slip through the cracks of time, memory or attention, in syncopation, trance states, dance as radical social practice, electronic music, the disappearance of counter-cultures and two-step dances, BASIC TENSION will consider the blurred boundaries between the public and the intimate for the performing body and its audience.

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

BASIC TENSION will culminate in an event involving other invited artists and speakers.


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

Jamila has invited a number of artists whose practices resonate with her thinking and research themes to make a presentation is in responce to Jamila’s process. Additionally there will be a sharing of BASIC TENSION.

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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