The Running Tongue and All This Can Happen at Kalamata International Dance Festival ← Film ← Siobhan Davies Dance

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The Running Tongue and All This Can Happen at Kalamata International Dance Festival
21–23 Jul 2016

The Running Tongue (2015) and All This Can Happen (2012) by Siobhan Davies and film director David Hinton screen as part of the 21st Kalamata International Dance Festival.

The Festival is the key event of the year of the city's International Dance Centre. The Centre was founded in the spring of 1995 to support and promote the art of dance via research, education, and artistic activities and creativity.

As part of the festival David Hinton will be giving a talk on both The Running Tongue and All This Can Happen on the 22 July, 6pm.

All This Can Happen (21 & 22 July, 10pm)

All This Can Happen is a film constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema.

Based on Robert Walser’s novella ‘The Walk’ (1917), the film follows the footsteps of the protagonist as series of small adventures and chance encounters take the walker from idiosyncratic observations of ordinary events towards a deeper pondering on the comedy, heartbreak and ceaseless variety of life.

The Running Tongue (21-23 July, 1pm-10pm)

The Running Tongue is a film installation made by choreographer Siobhan Davies and David Hinton in collaboration with 22 dance artists.

The work takes as its starting point the image of a running woman. She travels through a familiar London cityscape of tube stations, housing estates, cafes and parks, but, as she runs, she undergoes many metamorphoses and witnesses a succession of curious scenes: coal rains down from the sky; shrouded figures wait at a railway station; a woman suddenly turns to dust; a sweet potato becomes an object of worship.  

Defying the usual conventions of cinematic form, the film is edited live in real time by a custom-programmed computer which makes its own decisions about how to order the narrative.

‘The reason to watch this film is not because it is artful and thoughtful, though it is that. It is because it restores us to our senses, because it touches – gently – both body and soul. To walk, it suggests, is to be in the world.’ Sanjoy Roy, Aesthetica

‘a vibrant, visionary and playful film by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton’ Debra Craine, The Times