GEIST is a choreographic project initiated by choreographer Colette Sadler in collaboration with German set designer and artist Philine Rinnert. Encompassing two new creations for both theatre and gallery space these works look at the space between dance, performance and the visual arts.

A performance with five dancers will be premiered at Dance International Festival at TRAMWAY Glasgow and at Summerhall in Edinburgh. A solo performed by Sadler herself will be presented at Peacock Visual Arts Aberdeen, Hospitalfields and the Highland Institute for Contemporary Arts Inverness-shire.

The first in this series of works GEIST – Notebook Series will be presented at Peacock Visual Arts. Originally commissioned by Düsseldorf Visual Arts Quadriennale performance programme, at KIT (Kunst im Tunnel), Düsseldorf July 2014. In this work the notion of theatre is reduced in a minimal setting of table, chair, laptop and body. This setting aims to create a certain intimacy with the viewer whilst allowing the interplay between real and virtual presences (media).

The idea of the notebook as a holding structure for a collection of images, text fragments and choreographic studies allows for an understanding of this performance as non-linear, multiple, diverse and potentially without end. In a situation reminiscent of a lecture or public speech the performance looks at the potentiality and alterity of the human performer. Moving between the real and the fictional in a clinical deconstruction and disassociation of the human body and its senses, the performance ask questions about the construction of identity and the perception of norms.

Thursday 28 May, 6.30pm

Tickets: £6 / £5 concession.
Available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.


Concept and Realization – Colette Sadler and Philine Rinnert

Choregraphy and Performance – Colette Sadler

Co-Production – NottDance festival 2015, with residency support from CAMPO Ghent Belgium.

Funding – Creative Scotland

About the Artist

Colette Sadler (Glasgow 1974) Lives and works between Glasgow and Berlin. Trained in Classical Ballet followed by completing a BA (Hons) at the Laban Centre, London. From 94-2002 she worked as a dancer in the UK and Internationally with choreographers such as Wayne MacGregor, Vicente Saez and Amanda Miller.

In 2002 she started to develop her own performance work in Barcelona and Glasgow taking part in the interdisciplinary workshop ‘MUGAXTOAN’ at Arteleku San Sebastian / Serralves Foundation Porto. In the following year she was granted a French government studio residency at Le Cite Internationale Des Arts Paris and was awarded a “Creative Scotland” award. Between 2002-2006 she focused on solo work with commissions from TRAMWAY Dark Lights, CCA Creative Lab programme and The National Review of Live Art 2004. In 2005 she worked with visual artist Kirsty Stansfield on the piece “Object Scores” that was part of the exhibition “Communication Suite” curated by Christine Boreland.

Colette Sadler’s work demonstrates a conceptually motivated choreographic practice. Her work involves a long-term commitment to movement research and she regularly works with musicians, performers, artists and writers. Sadler writes and has published essays on her work, regularly giving master classes and workshops Internationally.

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