Katrina Brown is a UK/NL based interdisciplinary choreographer working across performance, drawing and installation. In this residency she will be exploring a series of sites in Šilainiai through rhythmic movement structures and quiet positionings of her body – as two strategies that can tilt and shift the material details and architectural form of each time-place.
Repetitive movement works as a persistent presence that increasingly resonates with a building’s structure whereas stillness settles a body like the dust.
Alongside she will make a series of drawings; direct, fast, pen-ink drawings that respond to the spatial slants, orientations of her body to surface and to the repetitive scoring of movement. She is interested in how both ground and page operate as a site – with the horizontal plane of the dusty hard ground activated by her physical presence and the clean smooth page by her drawing actions.
I implement drawing as a way of revealing political, material, graphic and sensual entanglements of working and moving on the floor. Drawing operates as score, live event, material process and residual evidence – allowed to unfold as choreographic activity rather than gestural expressive act – an activity that facilitates and brings to attention the gravitational forces and surface dimension of movement – drawing as a means to explore surfaces of paper, floor, skin and screen in their capacity to touch, support, make visible and distribute evidence.
Her practice-based PhD thesis intersect/surface/body: A Choreographic View of Drawing was submitted in April 2017 (Falmouth University/UAL) – a practical investigation of drawing in relation to material process, scoring action and surface touch.
The series of live durational drawing scores, She’s only doing this: scoresand the installation Translucent Surface/Quiet body, have evolved from the research. kbdraw
Katrina was freelance choreographer/teacher in the Netherlands for 23 years, producing work through DansWerkplaats and [Nes]theaters and completing her MA at Dance Unlimited, Theatre School Amsterdam in Choreography and New Media in 2006. The performance event Etsbeest is a collaboration with songwriter and artist Han Buhrs, for and with a pre-school audience has travelled throughout Europe to festivals and urban projects since 2008. She relocated to the UK in 2009 and is currently part-time Senior Lecturer Choreography at Falmouth University (previously Dartington College of Arts). She has collaborated since 2011 with choreographer Rosanna Irvine with work including the performance-installation what remains and is to come (ongoing),the artist book what remains and is to come: A Document (2014) and video installation surface/sphere commissioned by Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance for the What Festival 2016.
Katrina Brown will be resident in Šilainiai 3-10 November 2017.
Meeting with the artist at Šilainiai library (Baltų pr. 81, Kaunas) – 9 November 2017, 18:00.
Šilainiai Project 2017 Artist residencies are partly financed by Lithuanian Culture Council.