Moved Series…Autumn 2015- Life Forces workshop and performance with Jane Mason and Phil Smith

Moved Series…Autumn 2015- Life Forces workshop and performance with Jane Mason & Phil Smith


**This workshop is now being rescheduled to another date tbc. The performance will still take place**


Over the past decade or so, in her solo and collaborative work in live performance and film, Jane Mason has explored ways in which the movements of bodies and objects can create ‘image worlds’ of great affective resonance and tenderness.

These dynamic architectures of memory, loss, and longing combine dance, text, song and music in patterns of images that slowly align and unfold to suggest passage ways through felt times and spaces of a rhythmed intimacy and intensity. Usually triggered by some aspect of her own lived experience, these ‘worlds’ invite a quiet attention to detail, and an active slowing down into present process.

Over the years, many of Jane’s images have lingered with me and etched themselves into my imagination – for in their exquisite precision and mystery, paradoxically they seem to invite and activate something of the life forces within our own memories and associational fields.

With its initial trigger in some boxes of photographic slides taken by her father some years ago, LIFE FORCES develops this work of mining, uncovering, transposing and inviting, and opens up new landscapes of be/longing. Developed in close collaboration with film maker Magali Charrier, writer-performer Phil Smith, visual artist Sophia Clist and dramaturg David Williams, Life Forces offers a meditation on memory’s place in the face of uncertain futures, on place and home and their resilient fragilities, on the utopian impulse to ‘build’ together and to let (it) go, on the arcing electricity of connection and the drift of dispersal, and on transformation and change as the core ground of being, the ‘life force’ that links everything and everyone.


JANE MASON Choreographer/ Writer  –

Jane works as an independent choreographer and performer (Singer, Come on Sun, Desert) and for film (ANDOUT, Hard Told). She danced for Random Dance (1994-97) before freelancing for choreographers including; Charles Linehan, Wendy Houstoun, Emilyn Claid, Colin Poole, balletLorent and Deborah Hay. She choreographs in various collaborative contexts, including with Lone Twin, and with directors for theatre productions: Mr Kolpert (Royal Court), Song of Songs (Weeding Cane), Breathing Irregular (The Gate), SUSAN and DARREN, Old People, Children and Animals and Entitled for Quarantine, and most recently for Adrian Howells’ LIFE GUARD. Recent projects include: Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre, collaborations with filmmaker Rachel Davies and writer Natalie McGrath on We’ll Meet in Moscow. She received Dance4’s 2014 Commission Collective commission to create ‘A Dance at Home’.

PHIL SMITH Performer/ Writer  –

Phil Smith is a performance-maker, writer and researcher. He specialises in creating performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites. He is company dramaturg for TNT (Munich), the world’s leading English language theatre touring to non-anglophone countries. His most recent work includes a performance for a visually impaired audience with Siriol Joyner, Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre and the keynote presentation for the Resonant Terrains conference at HMP The Verne. His books include On Walking (2014), Enchanted Things (2014), Counter-Tourism: The Handbook ( 2012) and Mythogeography (2010) (all Triarchy Press). He is Associate Professor (Reader) at Plymouth University.


Performance of Life Forces:

Friday 16th October 2015    Location: Ellen Terry Building, Coventry, CV15RW

Tickets: £12 Full time employed or covered by organisation or institution £9 Freelance or Part time employed £6 In full time education or unemployed

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Life Forces Workshop with Jane Mason & Phil Smith: **This workshop is now being rescheduled to another date tbc. The performance will still take place**

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October 2015 Location: Institute for Creative Enterprise, Coventry, CV12NE

Workshop fee: £90 Full price (ft employed/workshop paid by organisation or institution), £75 Independent Artist (pt employed and or freelance artist), £60 Concession (in full time education and/ or unemployed)

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