Siobhan Davies in conversation with Sam Collins, a commissioned artist for her work ROTOЯ, 2010. ROTOR was an ensemble of performances, sound installations and artworks which filled Siobhan Davies Studios. Nine artists were commissionfurther extended connections with other disciplines commissioning nine artists to respond to another work, The Score, filmed from above.
Sam Collins drew upon the dancers’ changing spatial relationships to create a mechanism for the fracturing of a single event into multiple potentialities. Collins presented a multi-screen video installation in which the simplest of narratives is given endless manifestations through the reconstruction and correlation of its parts.
Rotor on Siobhan Davies website
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2010, and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.
Siobhan Davies advocates for the wider recognition of dance as a significant and extraordinary art form. She created her first piece Relay in 1972 and has made over 40 works for Siobhan Davies Dance, and other companies including Artangel, The Royal Ballet and Rambert. Her work has won numerous awards including an Oliver and South Bank Show Award and much of it has been filmed for television.
Sam Collins is an artist and designer based in London. As production designer he has collaborated with Siobhan Davies on Bird Song, In Plain Clothes and Two Quartets. Recent design projects include Il Tempo del Postino, an opera of contemporary art, Drifting and Tilting – the songs of Scott Walker, at the Barbican and Longplayer Live at The Roundhouse.
Adapted from bios published in 2010