STATIC Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool, L1 9JD
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May 2005
7.30PM - 10.30PM

“ Three evenings of music, dance and installation that challenges the boundary of site-specific performance and the visual arts environment.”

In an exciting collaboration between final year students from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and STATIC, we are able to experience the concept of the performance discipline on the visual arts platform. As an audience member/ viewer we will be invited to question whether, outside of the purpose-built space, the work is still performance, in its unorthodox context.

This event presents three evenings of works, all engaging with the re-contextualisation of sound, the body and 3-dimensional space. The evening can be experienced as one unit of pieces, carefully segued into an exploration of variations on a theme, or as an opportunity to dip in and out, from one piece, into the other. In this way, the evening can be enjoyed as live art – the encounter being one of a time-based experience decided by the individual viewer.

We will experience a dance work, collecting visual and tactile material from the landscape of Cumbria, recorded and reworked within the urban space. This work engages with scale, landscape and form using video and live movement.
Secondly, an installation exploring the power of the classical voice, presents us with the visual and aural experience, challenging its resonance when the liveness is removed.
In a contemporary reworking of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ we are presented with a spatial and eloquent musical arrangement and choreography that draws on the ritual of the Earth’s seasonal changes and places us in a 3-dimensional landscape that stimulates our tactile and kinetic senses.
In collaboration between three of the most exciting young bands in Europe, we find their eclectic styles mixing in a presentation of new works that invite us to re-establish our existing understanding of live music presentation. We will find the dynamic of the slick segue from one musical style to another, draws us through the space on a journey that leaves us questioning where the band stops and contemporary orchestra starts.

This whole medley of experiences can be enjoyed in a refreshing gallery environment that removes the barriers of the white cube space and invites the viewer to engage on a full sensory level.

All the work has been created by third year LIPA students, studying a range of disciplines across music, dance, design and technology. This project unites them all in their dedication to experimental collaboration outside of the purpose-built space.

For further information, please contact Kathy Sandys on 07900 215007