Talk | Sunday 22 September | 2pm | 1 hour
Holly will discuss her journey from ballet lessons as a child in Yorkshire to her groundbreaking choreography with some of the UK's brightest dancers, collaborating with global brands and how dance makes you "entirely present". She will share stories of her work with pop stars and musicians that straddles the border between high art and pop culture to create both live performances and music videos that feel uniquely true to her and celebrated at The Tate and The Southbank Centre in London.
Some Greater Class
Performance | Sunday 22 September | 11.15am, 1.15pm, 3.10pm | 20 minutes
Diving deep into the hyper-sexualised language of the music video, Some Greater Class is a live dance performance exploring connectivity, class and gender, while exposing the subtle and not-so-subtle dynamics of contemporary pop culture and its context. Created in collaboration with musicians Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, the performance aims to decode the complex class structures that govern ‘high art’ and popular culture and also question the complicity of art itself in dividing audiences and assigning value.
Some Greater Class inscribes the process of viewing and being viewed on the performer’s bodies, delicately commenting on the normative ideals promoted in mainstream pop culture. From explosive energy to vulnerability and transgression, the dancers' search for connection offers a potent reminder of the radical potential of live performance.
This is a fringe event and included with admission. No booking necessary.
More about Holly Blakey
Artist and choreographer Holly Blakey creates work spanning live performance, film and collaborations with visual artists globally.
Recent choreographic credits include fashion films for Gucci, Dior and Paul Smith, and music videos for Coldplay, Young Fathers and Florence and the Machine where Delilah saw her win an MVA Award for Best Choreography 2016. That same year she was also nominated as Best New Director. Blakey has directed films for Gwilym Gold, Klyne, Mabel and Everything Everything.
Holly made Cherry Hill a collaboration with auction house Christies and art video platform Nowness starring French/American actress Camille Rowe dancing in the property.
The artist is known for her live collaborations with visual artists such as Hannah Perry (Serpentine Galleries, Boiler Room, CFA Berlin) and Jala Wahid (Serpentine Galleries), but equally her long standing practice with Gwilym Gold, Darkstar and Mica Levi for both video work and live performance.
Some Greater Class opened at London’s Southbank in 2016 Centre seeing her awarded Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice for Dance 2017, with performences at The Lowry and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
In 2018, Cowpuncher, Blakey’s collaboration with Mica Levi was commissioned to reopen Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Blakey and Levi toyed with the structure, sounds and vistas of the western movie genre with the classic filmic iconography and costumes by Vivienne Westwood.
Drawing from Some Greater Class and Cowpuncher, she has recently been commissioned by The Place to create the high octane Godspeed in collaboration with fifteen London Contemporary Dance School graduates.
Image credits: Holly Blakey photo by Craig Bernard; Some Greater Class photos by Harry Clark