Present Futures invites artists from dance and performance to reflect on the expanded notion of performance and choreography as both a visual and embodied practice. Picking up from Donna Haraway “Staying with the trouble” the conversation considers the politics surrounding bodily representation in the current social and political climate.
Dr Laura Bissell is a Lecturer in Contemporary Performance and Lecturer in Research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has taught on the MRes in Creative Practices programme at Glasgow School of Art and the Transart Institute MFA in Berlin. Laura’s research interests include: contemporary performance practices; technology and performance; feminist performance; ecology and performance; and performance and journeys. Laura has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally and has had her work published in the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, The Body, Space and Technology Journal, Studies in Theatre and Performance, The Scottish Journal of Performance and Contemporary Theatre Review.
I am an artist currently based in New York and Berlin. I compose and choreograph music, performance, and environments for expanding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. I work with communities across disciplines and practices, using voices, bodies, and computers as tools to interface with biological and technological software.
Florence Peake and Eve Stainton
Florence Peake and Eve Stainton: an artistic, romantic collaboration, and simultaneously, respective autonomous artists. Meeting through somatic and choreographic movement practices enquiring into symbiotic ecologies, the queer lesbian sense and speculative conjuring as a form of LGBTQ+ activism.
Born in Poland based currently in Paris, Ola Maciejewska is a choreographer and performer. In 2012 she obtained her MA from Contemporary Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Utrecht. Along the academic research she made a performance, entitled: Loie Fuller: Research (2011), that has been presented in France for the Opening of CN D Pantin in 2015, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Poland, Portugal and several venues in Holland. In the fall 2015 Ola Maciejewska premiered BOMBYX MORI in Paris at la Ménagerie de Verre in the framework of the Festival Les Inaccoutumés, and continued being presented abroad in venues such as Kaaitheater, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Veem Huis voor Performance, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, ImPulsTanz in Vienna to name just few. BOMBYX MORI is supported by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès in the frame of New Settings #6. In 2016 until 2018 Ola Maciejewska was an associated artist of Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie. In the fall 2017, Ola’s solo work Loie Fuller: Research and COSMOPOL (dance film) was presented in the frame of La Biennale de Lyon. Her new work DANCE CONCERT had its world premiere at National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan and was presented in the fall of 2018 at Centre Pompidou in the frame of Festival d’Automne in France. Currently Ola Maciejewska is working on new work that will have its premiere in 2020.
Conner Milliken is an artist and an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow in Theatre Studies. Conner's thesis is titled Queer History-Making in Performance: Interrogating Scotland's Narrative of Liberalisation. Conner's research explores the intersections between queer historiography, autobiography and performance. His artistic practice explores gay male masculinity, queer history, acts of care and through autobiography and choreographic movement. He has made work for a variety of context including performance festivals, cabarets and clubs. He is currently an Associate Artist at Platform Glasgow where he is developing a performance,GAYBOYS, in collaboration with artist, Craig Manson. He is in development with a new performance titled Conner Does Kuntry.
Born in Glasgow she trained in Classical Ballet followed by completing a BA (Hons) at the Laban centre, London. She worked as a dancer for choreographers including , Liz Aggiss/Bilie Cowie, Jeremy James Vicente Saez and Gary Stevens amongst others. In 2002 she initiated Stammer productions in Glasgow to support her ongoing research, creation and artistic production in the field of choreography and performance. Since 2006 Sadler’s works have been shown in numerous theatre and gallery contexts Internationally including at Performatik festival Kaai theatre Brussels, ImpulsTanz Vienna, South Bank Centre London, TRAMWAY, Centraal Museum Utrecht , Nottingham Contemporary (alongside the British Art Show) Les Lattitudes Contemporains France and Dusseldorf Visual arts Quadriennale. In 2018 she made the video Installation work BODY A with Mikko Gaestel presented at Art Night London.
Her recent dance work TEMPORARY STORE premiered Feb 2019 at Sophiensæle Berlin. Her commission work for Scottish Dance Theatre RITUALIA will tour the UK and Latin America in 2019 including as part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh alongside her 2017 work “Learning from the future”. In 2019 she curated two editions of Present Futures in Berlin and Glasgow respectively.