Audio Dancing : a project by Gaby Agis

Audio Dancing - Nunhead Cemetery. Gaby Agis, Joseph Funnell, Aoife P. Knight. Photo Derek Linzey

Audio Dancing is a series of audio scores composed by dance artist Gaby Agis and recorded in green spaces —a cemetery, scrubland, gardens on social housing estates—across London this summer. This project was originally conceived as a response to the pandemic to offer dance artists and practitioners further ways of engaging with practice in their own time and environments.

The scores are each 30 minutes long and provide a guided structure using rich and imaginative language for anyone to use at a time of their choosing, at home or outdoors.

Participants are then invited to continue with their own practice—dancing, writing or drawing—before moving into the rest of their day.

Gaby invited a wide range of dancers, artists and educators to accompany her as guests while making these audios. Following each score there is a 30min interview between Gaby and the guest in which they discuss their experience of the score and reflect on their own practice.

Guest artists featured include Kathy Crick, Joseph Funnell, Rachel Gildea, Heni Hale, Mary Prestidge, Helen Rowsell, Owen Smith, Mickel Smithen, Eve Stainton, Cléo Tabakian, Vicky Thompson and Florence Uniacke.

Further credits
Harry Barnes: sound editor
Aoife P. Knight: sound recordist
Iarla P. Knight: sound recordist
Mars West: sound recordist
Derek Linzey: photographer

Gaby Agis is a choreographer, teacher and dancer living in London. She has been making performances for the past four decades – both nationally and internationally – collaborating with artists from a wide range of fields: from architecture to opera to sculpture to film. She has created many site-specific works – for hospitals, train stations, museums, art galleries and theatres – sat on the boards of several dance organizations, acted as a director of her own company and worked as a dance curator. Gaby has taught the Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) throughout the UK, USA, Turkey and Europe for the past 30 years. This technique has been intrinsic to her creative practice.

Audio Dancing is an Independent Dance commission produced by Gaby Agis in partnership with Independent Dance and supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.