Emilyn Claid: Untitled

Saturday, 12 November, 2022 - 19:30

Emilyn Claid: Untitled
Tickets: £12/£10 concessions
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Emilyn Claid, queer dance artist in her 7th decade, presents a new solo performance developed in collaboration with choreographers Heidi Rustgaard and Florence Peake around the theme of transformation - posturing, presence and passing. Between clay foot and creature, therapist and hunter, cruising and crumbling, Emilyn Claid, Untitled, playfully embodies queering and ageing, teasing perceptions of what’s real and what’s imagined.

Emilyn Claid has a fifty year career as a performer, stretching back to the 1960s when she was a ballet dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the 1970s when she was co-founder of experimental collective X6 Dance Space in London, a pioneering organisation for New Dance. In the 1980s she was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre and in the 1990s choreographed for companies such as Phoenix and CandoCo. Working as an independent dance artist Emilyn made and performed a series of iconic solo works in which she found an authentic voice as a lesbian artist. Emilyn is also an emeritus professor and a Gestalt psychotherapist and has recently published FALLING Through Dance and Life, (Bloomsbury 2021), a book about dance performance that re-thinks Western culture’s physical, metaphorical and psychological relationship to gravity.

Emilyn Claid, Untitled, is commissioned by The Place with support from Siobhan Davies Dance.