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Human practices, rhythms, and habits are all being changed by the hyper-presence of screens: we choreograph them as they choreograph us. It is now primarily through screens that we access and experience culture, information, and ideas. I like to imagine the actions and gestures of humans with and on screens as a site for choreographic thinking and discovery. I imagine drawing attention to the movements, timings and spaces that characterize our interfaces with screens. Indeed, this word – interface or “between faces” – speaks to the heart of this presentation. What is the choreographic potential of this between?
Simon Ellis is a dance artist originally from New Zealand but now living in London. His recent choreographies are ‘Pause. Listen’ (2014, with Chisato Ohno and Jackie Shemesh), ‘We Record Ourselves’ (2016, with Katrina McPherson, Natalia Barua, and Owa Barua), and ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ (2017, with Shannon Bott). He also works closely with Colin Poole as ‘Colin, Simon and I’, and their latest presentation-performance is ‘No Conflict Here’ (2018). He is interested in the limits and possibilities of collaboration in choreographic processes, and in video and moving images as choreographic encounters. Simon co-edits the International Journal of Screendance with Harmony Bench.