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Portfolio NW artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung on her Shadow Dance piece

Shadow Dance

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July 26 – September 15 2013

I am delighted to be working again together with the Bluecoat in this my new commission- Shadow Dance. This project further develops my interest in psychological and physical blockages as I convert my gallery space into a dance studio/laboratory to focus on the intersections between psychology, movement and the body.

Through a series of dance sessions with local dance professionals proficient in ballet and tap to Alexander technique, I’ll work closely with a small group of participants to consider choreographic and improvisatory skills linked to gesture and the psychological and physiological through the body. This continues to develops strands of themes explored in my recent exhibition and performances Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing, Grundy Art Gallery and Military Craft II, Golden Thread Gallery.

My interest in physical movement has persisted throughout my practice and particularly since a piece Trampoline, 2006, which entailed jumping up and down in a Scottish forest for 9 hours on a trampoline to consider internal/external boundaries linked to identity and politics, this became edited into a 7 minute video performance.

Please see below for how you might be able to take part in Shadow Dance in the following call outs. If you also have any disused DVDs related to dance and fitness, please send them in.

I’ll also be updating the site soon with a schedule of dance practices and my sessions with the dancers (29 July – 4 August) and those open to the public with the dancers and myself! (5 – 9 August). See schedule below for events!


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