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