Paolo Fiorentini and Leila McMillan have been working in collaboration since 2012. They’re investigating how to bring together visual art and dance to share the same space. Their collaboration can be seen through photography, video and performance. So far they’ve presented their collaboration at the Movement in Stillness exhbition at Muxima (2013) and Bow Arts Open Studios (2013).
“Body works” is an ongoing project between Paolo Fiorentini and Leila McMillan. This particular section of the project called “Envelope” saw the performer (McMillan) and the artist (Fiorentini) in a conversation regarding different aspects of expression, surface, perception of the body. The performer trapped inside an heavy and soft “body sculpture” generates movements unaware of the shapes and sequences produced. At the same time the artist, standing a few steps away, engages with the performer in a conversation regarding different levels of bodily experience, in order to build a bond between the two sides of the body sculpture.
The body is a contentious fragile and ultimately elusive truth.
This first part of the project was based on loose improvisation scores.
The project has so far generated a number of pieces (photography, video and installation) based on the collaboration between visual art and choreography. The next stage of this project will be dedicated to develop three aspects: the movement, the object and the viewer. First we will go back into the studio to further develop the movement possibilities of the body in the current object. We will focus on changeability and diversity to begin to implement set movement structures. From this we will create a new object to be taken back into the studio to further develop the details achieved so far. We will then invite different groups of people to take part in the work in the studio in order to investigate the potential relationship with the viewer. We will address the gap between stage and the viewing area ultimately to inform and mould the live performance aspect of the future performance.