Drawing on somatic dance practices including contact improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique and Florence Peake’s own visual art background, this class guides participants through perceptions of the body moving with imagined physicalities, and multiple realties/physicalities existing at once between flesh, between states, between species.
How do we encounter liveness in this current time, in life, in moving, in performance? These classes incorporate writing, drawing, voice, and movement.
Florence Peake’s practice encompasses visual art, dance and performance. By encouraging chaotic relationships between the body and material, Peake creates radical and outlandish performances, which create temporary alliances and micro-communities within the audience. Florence has taught extensively in choreography, improvisation, touch-based movement work and somatic practices since 2001. She is a certified Skinner Releasing teacher at both Introductory and Ongoing levels.
Florence’s work is part of Hayward Galleries Touring BAS9 and has been shown nationally and internationally over the past 25 years including : RITE at Palais de Tokyo, De la Warr Pavilion and Studio Leigh. Solo performance Voicings has toured to Sara Zanin Gallery Rome (2017) the Serpentine (2016), Somerset House for Block Universe (2017). Other shows including The Keeners at SPACE, Hall of the Swell at Gallery Lejeune, MAKE at BALTIC and Yorkshire Sculpture Park; a 3-month performance installation as part of Volumes Project at Mirrorcity show at the Hayward, Paper Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Florence has been commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Modern Art Oxford; Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Harris Museum, Preston, David Roberts Art Foundation and was the recipient of the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project 2016. Florence is currently making a new work, Factual Actual, commissioned by the National Gallery and to be presented in December 2021.