Uferstudios 5
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Foto: Sven Hagolani

The Way You Look (at Me) Tonight

Showing by Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2015 / Open Spaces#2-2015

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our physicality’s shape how we perceive the world around us? How much can we affect the way we see others? Can we learn to see across lines of difference in new ways? US and Berlin based choreographer and performance artist Jess Curtis and UK self-identifying disabled artist Claire Cunningham will show early stage research for a new full-evening duet; The Way You Look (at me) Tonight, developed in collaboration with US acclaimed philosopher of perception and author Dr. Alva Noë.

Choreography: Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis | Artistic Advice: Dr. Alva Noë | Composition: Matthias Herrmann | Video: Yoann Trellu | Production management: Nadja Dias, Alec White, Julia Daniela | A production for Unlimited 2016, celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012. In coproduction with Claire Cunningham Projects, Jess Curtis/ Gravity, Tramway Glasgow with friendly support by British Council, Grants for the Arts San Francisco and San Francisco Arts Commission, Cultural Equity Fund

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk

Jess Curtis

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org