Leeds Sound, Body, Space 29.03.2020 Cancelled Covid-19

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By listening with our bodies and using sound and movement to occupy space we can begin to dissolve any boundaries between music and dance, leading to new creative possibilities as we interact sonically, visually, and physically with the world around us.


Be part of a collaboration in action as two improvisers musician Henry McPherson and dancer Rachel Dean bring their research practices together for the first time.

£10, £6.50 concession, £4 jam only
All welcome, just turn up.
Class 11.30 - 1.30, followed by jam until 3pm

Henry McPherson is an artist, improvising performer, researcher and composer. His diverse practice draws on the visual, sonic, and somatic, and frequently involves the production of scores, prompts, and stimulus material in various forms of media, for interpretation through sound, movement, and other performance. He maintains a focus on score (in its various definitions) as interface, document-object, and archive, capable of generating unlimited avenues of interpretive and communicative possibility. Henry’s current work explores ritual and relational nonverbal communication, improvising networks, systems and enmeshment, the queering of hierarchical spaces and structures, and improvised ecologies.

He is at present a researcher at the University of Huddersfield Centre for Research in New Music, and Research Centre for Performance Practice, supported by a PhD Studentship in Music and Dance, in association with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013 - 2018), and an award holder of the Help Musicians Transmission Fund (2018); the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music award (2018); the Patron’s Prize for Composition (2017); Opera Sparks (2017 – Scottish Opera); and the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize for Composition (2013).

Rachel Dean is a dance artist combining making, performing and teaching. The particular areas of expertise which serve her practice are improvisation, an embodied approach and site-based work. Improvisation forms a central role in her practice. From 2009-2014 she was part of Mathilde Collective. Comprised of three dancers and two musicians they researched improvised ensemble performance through studio practice and over 25 live performances. More recently she has created improvised performances with her young children in gallery and theatre settings.

She is passionate about the difference that movement can make to people’s lives and teaches Contact Improvisation and creative dance in a wide range of contexts including dance undergraduates, open adult groups, parents and children, adults with learning disabilities and professional dancers. She works regularly with Yorkshire Dance, Independent Dance, Improvisation Exchange, Interplay Theatre, Pyramid of Arts, Mind the Gap, CoActive Wakefield and York St John University. She is Movement Director for Armley People’s Theatre. Rachel has an MA Creative Practice (Dance Professional Pathway) from Trinity Laban and Independent Dance and a BPA (Hons) from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She is currently Associate Lecturer at University of Lincoln. http://racheljanedean.wordpress.com


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