Set in a modern day Garden of Eden, Blakey addresses ideas of connectivity, gender and class in this work, and as dancers writhe and contract, their movements lay bare the subtle and not-so-subtle dynamics of contemporary pop culture.
Created in collaboration with musicians Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, who perform the score live, Some Greater Class inscribes the process of viewing and being viewed on the performers’ bodies, delicately commenting on the normative ideals promoted in mainstream pop culture.
From explosive energy to vulnerability and transgression, the dancers’ search for connection offers a potent reminder of the radical potential of live performance.
Director/Choreographer: Holly Blakey
Exec Producer: Ben Totty for Box Artist Management
Producer: Georgina Harper for Popcorn Storm
Ted Rogers; Chester Hayes
Naomi Weijand; Jonny Vieco
Grace Jabbari; Waddah Sinada
Kaine Ward; Eve Stainton
Hosted by the Southbank Centre & Box Artist Management Ltd.
Latitude Festival, Suffolk: The Waterfront Stage, Friday 14th July at 11.15pm
Southbank Centre, London: The Clore Ballroom, 29th & 30th July at 8.30pm
The Lowry, Manchester: Compass Room, 16th & 17th October
Tickets can be purchased online here priced at £15 each: www.hollyblakey.boxartistmanagement.com
The show is suitable for children aged 16+
Artist and Choreographer Holly Blakey re-imagines her debut live show this summer, diving deep into the hyper-sexualized language of the music video. Her live dance performance Some Greater Class explores connectivity, class and gender, exposing the subtle and not-so-subtle dynamics of contemporary pop culture and it’s context. The show will be touring the UK across 4 regions including visits to Southbank Centre, London and The Lowry, Manchester with a special appearance at Latitude Festival, Suffolk on their Waterfront Stage.
Set in a modern day Garden of Eden and created in collaboration with musicians Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, the show uses dance and movement to challenge the class structures inherent in the presentation and consumption of art. The power and excitement of the body in pop culture is hijacked and given a new purpose; from explosive energy to vulnerability and transgression, the dancers' search for connection offers a potent reminder of the radical potential of live performance.
Born in North Yorkshire and now based in London, much of Holly’s recent work has been for camera. She has built a highly successful commercial career choreographing music videos, with a specific Contemporary aesthetic, for major artists such as Florence And The Machine, Jessie Ware, Young Fathers, Coldplay, and many more. Recently achieving a UK Music Video Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Video’ for her work on Delilah, and also a monition with MTV VMA, she was equally nominated as ‘Best New Director’ (UK MVA) 2016. She is based between London and the US expanding on her experience working with camera, directors, and musicians internationally.
Holly has been making some serious waves on the music video scene, quickly becoming one of the most sought after choreographers in the industry. Her successful transition into the director role has seen her inject uniquely surreal tones and interpretive movement into videos for artists such as Klyne, Wet, Tourist, and Mabel for the Tate Modern. Further music video credits include Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, Lianne La Havas, Will Young, Chase & Status, and Jungle. She has choreographed campaigns for fashion powerhouses Dior, Gucci, and Paul Smith.
Last year Holly choreographed the British Summer Time Barclays Festival for Florence and The Machine in Hyde Park, performances for the opening of Marguerite London, and has created many other new and exciting projects and achievements. Her work has often blurred the boundaries between the commercial and the artistic, and she has collaborated with a number of visual and performance artists in creating both live and on-screen work. She has worked regularly with artist Hannah Perry, including choreographing her piece ‘Horoscopes (Déjà vu)’, which premiered at London’s Serpentine Gallery. Scored alongside Mica Levi, it marked the first time that the gallery had ever exhibited dance. They went on to perform this as part of London’s Boiler Room and more recently continued to choreograph ‘100 Problems’ at Berlin’s Contemporary Fine Arts. Furthering her collaboration with composer Levi the duo joined forces at London’s Southbank’s Collision Festival, where the pair were subsequently commissioned to make a short film for Channel 4’s Random Acts. Here they made Wrath, an aggressive single shot piece where one solo female dancer stomps around on a homemade kingdom of sand painted in beautiful ever-changing light.
Most recently Holly was commissioned by Tate Modern to create a piece for the opening of their new building, exploring music video as a response to permanent artworks that exist in the new space. Whilst film remains at the heart of her practice, a lot f her work is being viewed live. 2016 saw her create “RULES” scored by Woodkid, a live performance work using chance methods only ever realized in the performance state, opening at Michel Berger Music in Berlin last October.
And of course Some Greater Class, a live touring work commissioned by Arts Council England performing at London’s Southbank Centre this July. Scored and performed live by Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, this work is extremely close to the artist, this will be the second incarnation of the piece, reimagined and further developed this 2017.
An established and world-renowned choreographer, and a rising star in direction, Holly is quickly establishing herself amongst the most successful and progressive figures in Contemporary Art and Performance.
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