Manual ← Siobhan Davies' Work ← Siobhan Davies Dance


A live work by choreographer Siobhan Davies, made with solo dance artist, Helka Kaski.

Manual demonstrates how we are all experts in the movements which make up our daily lives. Originally presented in the grand, neo-classical ground floor gallery at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (GoMA), in June 2013, Manual responded to the theme of GoMA's exhibition Every Day.

The work draws attention to simple movements, meticulously dismantling their timing and order to encourage us to notice how we orchestrate actions. Kaski invites audience members to help her carry out a familiar action by giving her a series of verbal instructions. Through this conversation, it becomes clear that what at first may appear easy is actually complex and extraordinary, often resulting in an unexpected dialogue.

“We wished to find a way which would engagingly demonstrate that we are all expert in the movements that make up our daily lives. At one point, even if we were programmed to do so, we all had to learn to roll, sit up, stand and walk. Gradually these movements became embodied and we do them without thinking.” Siobhan Davies, Choreographer

‘So, go. Kaski's disposition makes your shared encounters a revelation and fun.’ The Herald, Scotland

‘Placing Manual in an exhibition of modern art works...only added to our appreciation of how beautiful and clever the human body really is.’ The Scotsman

Past Events

Manual as part of the Jerwood Staging Series, Thu 14 Jul 2016
Manual at the Lowry, 17–18 Oct 2015
Station to Station: Siobhan Davies Dance in residence, 4–10 Jul 2015
Manual: Choreography and the Everyday, Mon 24 Nov 2014
Manual: Choreography and the Everyday, Mon 17 Nov 2014
Manual at NewArtCentre, Sat 31 May 2014
Oxford University Talk: Manual – Choreography and the Everyday, Thu 15 May 2014
Manual at Turner Contemporary, 8–11 May 2014
Manual Workshop, Thu 13 Jun 2013
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 11–16 Jun 2013