This talk, part of the Movement and Meaning Research Lab, was given shortly before Gill Clarke died in 2011, and offers an overview of her lifelong investigation of dance as knowledge formation.
She presents themes that were at the heart of her role as performer generating movement material, and as teacher communicating experience, she draws from and references her encounters with the writings of leading figures in the social and cognitive sciences and philosophy such as Tim Ingold, Guy Claxton, Bruno Latour, Nigel Thrift and Amartya Sen, she offers insights into ways that her teaching has framed her research.
Gill’s interest in transdisciplinary research led to her instigation of the Movement and Meaning research lab supported by PAL in 2011. The residency fostered ideas exchange between leading experts from dance, music, neuroscience, philosophy of education and psychology over a 5 day period.
Gill Clarke studied English and Education at York University and has spent her career as an independent dance artist, performer, teacher, choreographer/director and advocate. She was co-director of Independent Dance from 1996-2011.
Gill was a founding member of Siobhan Davies Dance Company and also performed and collaborated with other choreographers including Rosemary Butcher, Rosemary Lee, Janet Smith, Kate Brown and Marina Collard. Gill regarded teaching as an integral part of her artistic practice. She regularly led masterclasses and workshops internationally for students, professionals and companies, and collaborated with filmmaker Becky Edmunds on a multi-screen installation – Stones and Bones. Head of Performance Studies at LABAN from 2000-2006, she founded MA Creative Practice : Dance Professional which ID continues to lead in partnership with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios. Gill was an Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Ulster, a joint NESTA fellow and a Trustee of Dance UK. She received a London Dance and Performance Award, the Jane Attenborough Award from One Dance UK and an MBE, which she returned in protest of the UK government’s foreign policy in Iraq.