Breakwell Dancing: Lift the Lid with Sheridan Quigley


IMG_3827 There are two pieces of music which are insistent components of the Breakwell exhibition. They stay in your head long after you have left. One is from Schubert’s Nocturne in E flat major (Opus 148), which accompanies his haunting video “The Other Side”. The other is Thelonius Monk’s “Misterioso”, which is a component of Breakwell’s installation, “Monk”.

I decided to use these as the basis for dynamic drawing event, where participants would dance across large sheets of paper, drawing with long sticks as they went. The hope was that their marks would record the music visually. I added a third tune, in the form of sea shanty (in honour of the raging sea outside).IMG_3818 IMG_3840

The sea shanty got everyone hopping about quite spontaneously, drawing spirals and twirls  as they moved.IMG_3846 IMG_3845

These next two images were created from the Schubert piece, reflecting the languorous drifting music – which felt like auditory T’ai Chi.IMG_3844 IMG_3843The following two images emerged from listening to the Monk piece, with its insistent pacing quality like someone out for a walk but changing direction every few moments.IMG_3851 IMG_3848


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s