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Expanding the Picture

  • Fri, 07 Oct 2016
  • 7.00 PM - 8.30 PM
  • Tickets: £3/£2

Mary Prestidge, a member of Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC), presents an evening of movement based performance.

The perception of dance – attitudes towards the body and ways in which the body and the dancer has been represented and resituated in performance – have been at the heart of her enquiry as a performer and teacher over the past five decades. Mary will be sharing the evening with a small group of members from Blue Room, Bluecoat’s programme for learning disabled adults, with whom she has been working closely.

Mary Prestige's professional dance career has spanned six decades.  Originally an Olympic gymnast in the 1960’s, her first dance work was with Ballet Rambert (1969-1974). In the mid 70’s after a year in New York in the thrall of the post modern dance and theatre scene Mary joined forces with Jacky Lansley, Emilyn Claid, Fergus Early and Maedee Dupres and co-founded X6 Dance Space and its successor Chisenhale Dance Space, in London. These organisations provided an important context for the research and development of new dance forms and new ways of presenting work.

To find out more about New Dance read Mary's blog here.

Mary’s interest in improvisation and modes of improvisational performance began at this time and she brought these new approaches and aesthetics of dance and performance to a growing independent dance scene. Based in Liverpool since 1995 Mary was key in the development of a dance programme at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and is a member of LIC (Liverpool Improvisation Collective) alongside Jo Blowers, Paula Hampson and Andrea Buckley. LIC have a permanent residency studio at Bluecoat. As an individual and as LIC Mary continues to develop strategies and contexts for performance and artist exchange within the region, nationally and internationally, championing the role of the independent dancer.

Expanding the Picture is part of INHABIT, a programme of New Dance for new audiences made possible with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

(Image Credit: Brian Roberts)

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