You sit there

A solo performance by Katherine Hall



‘...it was a different experience of being an audience than what I usually experience and it felt like every moment was completely open to anything happening from each side, from you and from us, and those moments where we take time, and just look and we take in, and that exchange is allowed to happen, a dialogue is happening all of the time, is just really really exciting.’    
                                                  - audience member





You Sit There is a celebration of the joys and tensions that exist in the attempt to support, to give and receive in our societies that continue to under value such labour that is called care.

Oscillating between familiar, domesticated mimetic gesture, ambiguous forms, relentless repeating, electronic sighs, rhythmic mechanical sounds, clear and unclear asking and abstract pop dances Katherine shifts roles amongst expectation and anticipation. Hovering amongst the clinical but ambitiously shinetastic land of so-much-to-be-doing-all-at-the-same-time, she is many parts, conjuring, conducting, listening, giving and attempting to be there, to really be there.

In time, ambition, tenderness and extrapolation, this work explores the similarities and disparities of the spaces between performer and audience, and those in caring relations.

How do you know when to come closer and help? Is it helping? What is happening in the inbetween space of caring? What part are you playing? Looks with satisfaction, gusts of affirmation. Awkward stumbling, attempting the hero, just getting there. Nodding in agreement, nodding in sympathy, nodding in hopefulness, nodding in assurance, nodding in distress. Being nodded. Pretending not to be nodded. Got to keep on top. Got to do it well. Got to be well. Taking a moment. Giving a hand. Working with invisible tasks and people. It takes time. But we can share the weight.


To Book

Staged performance   |  Duration: 50mins (including post-show chat 90mins)

If you would like to see a film or for more information on the work please contact me.

The work in development has been performed at Chisenhale Dance Space, Dance4 and Exeter Phoenix.

Choreographed, performed and produced by Katherine Hall
Dramaturg - Jo Bannon
Sound design - Yas Clarke
Choreographic mentoring - Jo Fong and Charlie Ashwell
Lighting & Stage design - Jenni Pystynen
Costume design - Jade Leigh-Webb
Producing support by Emily Williams

Created with support from Arts Council England, Theatre Bristol, Attenborough Arts Centre, Arnolfini, Interval and Dance4.

Photo: Matt Cawrey, Paul Samuel White
Film documentation and edit: James Hissett





Movements of Care






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I notice the people and their attempting efforts to always be there, right here, right there, over there but still here, right here but still there, constantly there, being there,
together there, choreographing care.


Movements of Care is a book exploring care as a way of moving and moving as a way of caring. It invites the reader to think about their idea of care, to notice the shifting of power in caring relations and to notice how they choreograph care in their daily life. 

This book has been made alongside the research and making of new solo dance performance, You sit there.

It has been developed and informed by conversations with dancers, with people working in professional health care or  voluntary care, and with people whose lives are orientated around caring for a close friend or relative.

‘Came upon and couldn’t resist this beautiful, poignant, booklet #MovementsOfCare today. Recognising, giving name to, the choreography, the internal and external dance of care giving and receiving. What a great project. Such a treat to read. Thank you.’

‘Touching, thought-provoking; and a reminder that the small - as well as the bigger - movements of care matter and are just as valuable’.


A warm thank you to the generous 40 people who contributed to this public collection of Movements of Care.

A massive thank you to Charlie Ashwell (dance artist, UK) for mentoring me on this project.

Designed in collaboration with Conway and Young

Supported by Dance4, Theatre Bristol, Attenborough Arts Centre and Arts Council England.




Workshops in Autumn



Movements of Care workshop
1-3pm, Saturday 22nd September
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
pay-what-you-decide







No dance experience necessary but a will to move is welcome! Suitable for anyone 18yrs+ with a personal or professional interest in care.

There are limited spaces so please book your place by contacting Katherine directly: klhall90@gmail.com

This event is part of Interval Collective’s micro-fest on 21-22nd September. Click here to see full line-up!

A workshop exploring ways that care arises within gesture and movement.

In this workshop Katherine will expand upon the thinking within her book ‘Movements of Care’, guiding the group through simple movement and improvisation exercises to explore how we care in movement. Holding a space to explore questions like ‘what can performing care look like?’ and ‘how do we give, take, disperse attention?’.




Carers Movement Workshop
10-1pm, Tuesday 9th October
IC4C, Nottingham
FREE including lunch at 1pm




Katherine would like to invite carers, aged 16 years and above, to attend a free workshop exploring ideas around her performance work You Sit There. The session will include time to share stories about care in a supportive environment and explore ideas through simple movement and conversations.

A soup & salad lunch will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.


Pro Class! (£5)
6-8pm, Monday 8th October
IC4C, Nottingham



A release-based class exploring gesture through relational and sculptural movement. We will dance as listening, tuning in to places of initiation, desire and care amongst our individualities and togetherness.

The class will involve a mix of solo and ensemble structured improvisation and set material with plenty of space to play and dance as we are. Suitable for dance professionals, recent graduates and those in training.


More info coming soon!


Workshop with 16-18yrs with experience of caring for a family member
In association with Bristol Young Carers
(dates/times tbc.)
Creative Youth Network, Bristol 


Katherine’s workshop was inventive, though-provoking and really well-led. It was amazing to be able to explore the subject and work of care in such a safe space, with such a brilliant and competent facilitator. I’d highly recommend her workshops to anyone interested in movement, feeling, and emotional labour – whether they were experienced dancers, or not.‘
- workshop participant.



Mark

#morninginsidedances



This is a simple 10min morning exercise which I have developed to take pleasure in noticing the dancing inside your body, to think about the choreographies that make you who you are and to recognise  the shifting between inside and out, the expanding out and drawing in.

I have recently been exploring ways to animate the drawings that are created through the Morning Inside Dances exercise with artist Sam Metz. Take a look below!






thankful for my spine, for being my channel, dispersing, flickering, happily wobbly, sliding up and out, ground, gaining power, wildly pouring, to be braced, lifted, proud, back bone on the move

 
‘Watching this animation back reminded me, internally, how I was sensing myself when drawing that morning. My spine felt so compressed and my whole self felt heavy and reduced down, as if there were no spaces in between the spaces in my body. The animation reveals flickers of some of the truest parts of myself: memories, sensations and the way that I navigate my own anatomy. This gave me the opportunity to pause for a moment and contemplate how they were all interconnecting and weaving within that moment. I never expected that my amateur drawing skills were able to do that and speak such volume, but the animation really brings that embodied experience to life. Thank you!’

Powerfully Careful
The Great Invisible 
Caring Dances 


3 workshops delivered as part of Katherine’s 2017 research project into performing care open to anyone with a professional or personal interest in performance or care. Supported by Arts Council England, Theatre Bristol, Tetrad, Attenborough Arts Centre and Dance4.

POWERFULLY CAREFUL
Saturday 1st April 2017, 11-5.30pm, Brewery Studio, Bristol
FREE to attend with lunch included


A workshop exploring the shifting of power in care relations using exercises which draw on movement and performance practices.

Katherine and Hamish invited people to explore, support and witness each others perceptions and experiences of care in an open shared space.
Participants were guided through simple movement exercises, discussion time, and light contact exercises; holding a space to explore questions like:
- are we secondary to each other?
- who has control over your body?
- what does performing care look like?
Morning with Hamish MacPherson
Working with a simple structure for warming up collectively. Looking after each others needs, working with passivity, consent, force and intimacy. Somewhere between exercise and performance offering physical caring as a relational and aesthetic practice; as a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests.

Lunch - We ate vegan chilli and rice outside the studio to catch the sunshine.

Afternoon with Katherine Hall
Some suggest that the origin of care lies in the action of giving focus to another. Katherine guided the group through a simple exercise ‘giving and taking focus’ to consider where actions of care exist amongst a group of people. Over time the exercise will evolve from moving objects to moving with others, exploring care as a shifting power which can come in different choreographic shapes and actions.


THE GREAT INVISIBLE 
Sunday 21st May, The Trampery, London, 1-5pm
£15, Hosted as part of Open Senses Festival 2017




'An ethics of care directs our attention to the need for responsiveness in relationships - paying attention, listening, responding' (Carol Gilligan).

A workshop exploring the sensory shifting of attention in care relations, using exercises which draw on movement and performance practices.


Katherine and Hamish guided participants through movement exercises, holding a space to explore questions like 'what can performing care look like?' and 'how do we give, take, disperse attention?'


CARING DANCES 
Friday 2nd June, 11-5pm, Dance4, Nottingham
£5 with lunch included

A movement workshop exploring care as a practice of dancing and community with Katherine Hall and Rosemary Lee.  

Rosemary led a warm-up focused on listening to each other and then spoke about her where care is present in her choreographic practices. 

Together we ate soup & salad lunch. 

In the afternoon, Katherine led a movement drawing exercise in the local park and then returned to the studio to guide the group through some solo and group dance improvisation exercises to explore giving and dispresing attention. 

‘I  gained  a grounding  I hadn’t felt  in a while’
‘I  met  great  people.  Engaged in  a nuanced and  beautifully attentive  movement practice and  ate very well’
‘I  gained  new perceptions  of how people connect  with each other and relate  to one another.’

- participant feedback





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