Siobhan makes intimate live performance works and dance for screen, often combining the two genres. Her live works have been performed in Melbourne and Sydney, and screen works have been shown throughout Australia and internationally. She has written two book chapters on the nature and role of writing in artistic research. Siobhan holds a PhD in Choreography from the University of Melbourne, where she gives occasional seminars on writing strategies for artistic research and supervises research students.
Two book chapters, ‘Writing Practice’ and ‘A Narrative of Practice’ in ‘Live Research: Models of practice-led research in performance’, edited by David Fenton, Leah Mercer and Julie Robson, Post Pressed, Brisbane, forthcoming 2011.
2011: this skin between us, a series of single screen dance videos and a video installation. Created with dancers Jo White and Michaela Pegum, in collaboration with video artist Dominic Redfern. The project explores the kinaesthesia of communication, using close-up footage of throats, eyes, mouths and hands engaged in conversation. The choreography develops from these gestures into candid movement ‘portraits’ of the two women.
2009: Refugia, a dance solo as part of a gallery installation in collaboration with Dominic Redfern and senior landscape artist John Wolseley. Commissioned by Mildura Arts Festival, the project was devised in, and as a response to, the arid Murray Sunset National Park in the Mallee region of Victoria.
2008: Strand, a dance video made on Lake Tyrell, Victoria’s largest salt lake. Devised with Michaela Pegum and Dominic Redfern, the work is both a response to that specific natural environment and a reflection on the imaging of the dancing body in landscapes. Screened in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Lisbon and Edinburgh, Strand was a finalist in the Australian Reeldance Awards 2010.
2007: here, now, a solo performance using dance, text, sculpture and video. The work is about corporeal remembering, a kind of sensorial inventory of the residues found in mind and muscle when recalling people and environments. Performed at Studio 45 in Melbourne and Carriageworks in Sydney.
2005: the backs of things, a site-specific piece for two dancers. Devised from an improvisational practice based on touch, the work was presented in an unconventional and intimate space at the back of a city office block in Melbourne.
…Siobhan’s thoughts on artistic research:
“Artistic research makes articulate that knowledge which is nascent and/or tacit within a practice. Artworks communicate knowledge on their own terms. But in addition to the knowledge embodied in the artworks, artistic researchers seek to make sense of and communicate the meanings and knowledges that arise within artistic practices. Often, though not always, this process of sense-making is housed in language. This ‘languaging’ of artistic knowledge often requires a renovation of accepted academic discourse such that the contigent, intersubjective and ephemeral knowledges of artmaking are allowed.”