Writing, Voice, Movement and Performance with Cris Cheek

June 20th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Archive | performance - (Comments Off on Writing, Voice, Movement and Performance with Cris Cheek)

Writing, Voice, Movement and Performance


Tickets £5 (booking advised as limited audience numbers)

cris cheek: poet, artist, interdisciplinary performer and director of creative writing at Miami University in south-west Ohio, makes a rare visit to Liverpool and UK.

He will be joined by long time collaborators and friends for an evening of poetry and performance including Robert Sheppard, Patricia Farrell, Scott Thurston, Steve Boyland, Jo Blowers and Mary Prestidge.

cris has a herstory of collaborative and transdisciplinary practice. He was a co-founder of Chisenhale Dance Space where he worked alongside Mary Prestidge and with Ghislaine Boddington with whom he founded Shinkansen and cocurated the Voice Over festival. For seventeen years he worked in various text-sound combinations with Sianed Jones, including Slant (with Phillip Jeck). Subsequently he made a body of performance writing with Kirsten Lavers under the moniker TNWK (things not worth keeping). Since then he’s been making and showing works in spoken and projected text-sound, such as Impluperfections and b a c k l i t.

The Bluecoat: Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

CI SUNDAY June 23rd – Global Underscore

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11am -1pm Introduction to the Underscore*

2pm-4pm Global Underscore


For the past 12 years, a Global Underscore has been occurring near the summer solstice. Conceived and organised by French dancer Claire Filmon, the Global Underscore Solstice is an annual event during which dancers at many sites around the world practice the Underscore  simultaneously


Therefore for our June CI Sunday, Jo Blowers and Mary Prestidge are planning to introduce participants, during the morning class, to the fundamental principals and practice of the Underscore*, a long-form improvisation structure developed and evolved by Nancy Stark Smith since 1990.  For the afternoon session we will lead the group into the Global Underscore.  We welcome musicians to our monthly CI Sundays and are hoping to incorporate sounds into this event too.

*The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable.

This session is open and designed for people interested in movement and improvisation either as beginners or those with more experience.  You do not need to have had previous experience of the Underscore to participate.  It would also be possible for you to attend one or other of the morning or afternoon sessions if you are unable to do both.

Cost: morning £6/4  afternoon £4/2.  Both sessions £8/5

This session will take place:  at the Bluecoat Performance Space,

School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX   www.thebluecoat.org.uk

For further information contact::  Liverpool Improvisation Collective:

Mary Prestidge m.prestidge@blueyonder.co.uk

Jo Blowers joblowers@hotmail.com