Assembly (2013)

A long-running choreographic work for art galleries and other spaces.

Assembly is a live gallery work exploring shifts in relation between individual and collective bodies. Its configurations respond to the presence of spectators in a quiet investigation of how other people can appear to us.

Assembly acknowledges each spectator’s unique presence without asking them to do more than watch; each time a spectator enters the gallery a performer will join the performance, leaving it when the same spectator departs the room. These groupings of constant variation ensure there are always as many people presenting as viewing. Performers appear in a range of simple formations as the work explores how our regard for others can be practiced.

Originally produced by Dance4. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Assembly has been shown at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2013); as part of the ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art in Kuopio, Finland (2014); and at 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) presented by Critical Path, with the support of Dance4; Cable Factory, Dance House Helsinki (2016); Juncture Festival, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds (2016); Tramway, Glasgow, UK.


Concept & Choreography: Nicola Conibere / Dramaturg: Martin Hargreaves 

Photos: Christian Kipp