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Artist Talk & Interview: Practices And Processes Of Collaboration with Annie Pfingst & Helen Poynor

  • Dance Limerick Performance Space (St.John's church) John's Square Limerick Ireland (map)

Presentation and Interview
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In memoriam, an environmental dance film on the theme of loss, is the result of a twenty-year collaboration between movement artist Helen Poynor and visual artist Annie Pfingst which includes site-specific performances and installations in Australia, the UK and Java.

Their collaborative practice is grounded in a shared understanding of the moving body and of place. The in-depth working process, that includes kinaesthetic and visual research on site and open scoring, is predicated on a responsive partnership with the site that embraces both personal and environmental weather and constant change.  Editing becomes a collaborative process of distillation. Their work is informed by Anna Halprin’s Life/Art Process, in which they both trained. Equal weight is given to the human being/body in motion, the moving eye of the camera and the environment.

Biographies

As a performer and director Helen Poynor specialises in site-specific and autobiographical performance. She runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme in non-stylised and environmental movement on the Jurassic Coast in South West England. She is a registered Dance Movement Therapist. Her essay ‘Landscapes of loss: Moving and mourning’ (JDSP Vol 5 No 2 2013) recounts the five year process of working with grief that culminated in in memoriam.

Annie Pfingst’s film-making arises from an arts practice that works with the dynamic interplay between spatiality and materiality, between the visual and the kinaesthetic. Her work as an artist/scholar which includes exhibitions and visual essays, examines landscapes of dispossession, technologies of oppression and the legacies of expulsions, state violence and collective loss.

For information on Helen Poynor and Annie Pfingst’s film In Memoriam screening on Saturday 10 November click HERE.