Coffee Morning: On Form, Format and Frame


Tuesday 20 September
11am – 2pm-ish
Always free

Coffee Morning | Rant. Chat. Eat.

Hosted by Amy Bell joined by Hetian Patel

As makers, curators, producers how might we recognise potential formal innovation within our raw material?

How might we best bring ideas into being through questioning conventional production and performance formats?

How then do we approach and negotiate institutional, political, spatio-temporal or communicative frames?

What happens to form, format and frame in dance making when the visual arts world has a heightened interest in the moving body?

Are makers from a visual arts backgrounds more ready and able to work across different formats and media? If so, why? Can dance artists learn a thing or two?

To kick off the chatting, ranting and cake nibbling, Amy has invited multi-disciplinary artist Hetain Patel to join her in conversation about the broad span of his work and the artistic and political implications of questioning form, format and frame.

You need not bring anything but yourself. And maybe some cake.

Amy Bell is a dance artist whose work embraces performing, making, writing, teaching, dramaturgy and curation. Her current research project TOMBO(Y)LA investigates invisibility, identity and disruptive feminities through text, conversation and body. Amy was project writer for Performing Gender 2013-14, a European project commissioning durational dance and performance in gallery spaces in Bologna, Madrid, Masstricht and Zagreb. She is currently curating Rambert Dance Company’s Choreographic Development Platform and Bend It, a queer night at Yorkshire Dance. As a dramaturg Amy is working on new creations with Hannes Langolf in London and Poliana Lima in Madrid. She was a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist with Hetain 2010-2014, a ChoreoRoam Europe artist in 2012 and a recipient of a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Award in 2014 with which she researched queer culture and performance in San Francisco. With Valentina Golfieri Amy created a series of darkly absurd short duets. Other performance work has included theatrical, installation and site-sensitive works for Tino Sehgal, Hussein Chalayan & Damien Jalet, Lea Anderson, Alessandro Sciarroni, Charlotte Spencer, Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions and she is currently tap dancing in Chiara Frigo’s solo work, West End.

Hetain Patel is a visual artist and performance maker. In recent years, Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his dad), designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale, toured his live performance, TEN, internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since had over 2.5 million hits.

Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. This often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens.

Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.

Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London.

About Coffee Mornings

The Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated by Gillie Kleiman, an independent dance artist and proud member of the artistic community around the organisation, as a way in which dance-makers and -doers could talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the cultural industries and the artwork that they are making and doing. The events are open to all artists and arts practitioners, whether or not they associate themselves with Chisenhale. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk. There have always been people there who know each other as well as those who don’t. There is a loosely-held format which includes a writing-up of the facilitators’ thoughts after the meeting Initially Gillie started off each time. Now the Coffee Mornings are led by different dance artists or artists’ groups each time and from 2015 Gille handed over the running to Hamish MacPherson, also a member of Chisenhale Dance Space.