‘Movement’ celebrates legacy of Margaret Morris

October 7, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Movement weekend extraordinaire celebrates the legacy of Margaret Morris

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October | Perth Concert Hall | Free but booking essential

Margaret Morris is a true pioneer who changed the face of contemporary dance in Scotland and beyond. An icon of her time, often compared to Isodora Duncan, yet today her innovation and extravagance would steer more towards the master of re-invention David Bowie, explains Iliyana Nedkova, Co-curator of the Movement exhibition and Creative Director at Horsecross Arts.

The new exhibition Movement at Threshold artspace which opens over two days (15/16 Oct) features a variety of new work in different creative genres and has been preceded with a free dance workshop with pupils at Perth High School.  Dance artists Kasumi Momoda and Yifeng Zhu led the session which was based on a new choreographic work by Scottish Ballet principal dancer Vincent Hantam. Vincent himself ran a free dance session for over sixteen’s in Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio on Monday evening.

Vincent’s work, inspired by the natural movement form associated with Margaret Morris will premiere as part of Horsecross Arts’ Movement weekend of exhibitions and performances in Perth on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October. The two days of free events celebrating the pioneering legacy of the late innovator, artist, dancer, educator, writer and physiotherapist will feature new artists’ films and exclusive live performances of dance, music and the spoken word.

Perth’s own Su Grierson is one of the three visual artists selected to undertake an artist’s residency at Margaret Morris Archive. Following her research, Su has finalised her artist’s film Fresh Air (2016) to be premiered as part of the Movement exhibition.

Su Grierson said:

Margaret Morris is an inspiration for many women artists but I felt that my interest in the tradition and politics of landscape chimes in with her pioneering environmental aesthetics.

The Movement weekend kicks off on Saturday 15 October with a guided tour of the multi-screen exhibition Movement on Perth Concert Hall’s Threshold Wave and the newly commissioned artists’ films by the Scottish artists Brian Hartley, Su Grierson and Katrina McPherson on the big screen in the Norie-Miller Studio.

This will be followed by a Movement triple bill of dance, music, film and light in Perth Concert Hall’s Gannochy Auditorium featuring two solos by Vincent Hantam and Jacqueline Harper with a nine-piece finale by Vincent Hantam, Debra Salem and friends.

On Sunday morning there will be a double bill guided tour from Perth Concert Hall’s Threshold Wave to the Fergusson Gallery, Perth’s own museum home of the Margaret Morris Archive, as a finissage of the exhibition 125 Years of Margaret Morris.

Stuart Hopps stars in one-person drama My Name is Margaret in Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio on Sunday lunchtime which will be followed by a post-show discussion with Stuart and all exhibiting artists.

Iliyana Nedkova, Co-curator of the Movement exhibition and Creative Director at Horsecross Arts comments:

I am very pleased that our new exhibition Movement at Threshold artspace and the weekend performances at Perth Concert Hall pay a tribute to this woman artist who constantly reinvented herself and her dance over seven extraordinarily innovative decades. It couldn’t be more appropriate to celebrate a true Perth pioneer in the context of our bid for Perth 2021 UK City of Culture.

The events for Movement are free to attend, but booking is requested via the Perth Concert Hall website.

Sat 15 Oct

6pm | Guided tour of the multi-screen exhibition Movement on the Threshold Wave and the newly commissioned artists’ films by the Scottish artists Brian Hartley, Su Grierson, Katrina McPherson and Debra Salem on the big screen at the Norie Miller Studio.

7.30pm | Movement Triple Bill of dance, music, film and light at Gannochy Auditorium. Featuring two solos by Vincent Hantam and Jacqueline Harper with a nine-piece finale by Vincent Hantam, Debra Salem and friends.

8.30pm | Post-show discussions with all exhibiting and performing artists over a drink or two from our licensed Glassrooms Bar.

Sun 16 Oct

11am | Double Bill Guided Tour starting at Threshold artspace’s big wave of screens and taking you on a 10 min walk to the Fergusson Gallery – Perth’s own museum home of Margaret Morris Archive as a finissage of the exhibition 125 Years of Margaret Morris.

1pm | Walk back to the Perth Concert Hall for the start of the one-person drama show My Name is Margaret starring Stuart Hopps at the Norie Miller Studio.

2pm | Post-show discussions with Stuart Hopps and all exhibiting artists over a drink or two from our licensed Glassrooms Bar.

Coffee, Croissant and Art

Enjoy a cuppa with our resident curator Iliyana Nedkova and find out about our unique collection of bold contemporary art as part of our current exhibition Movement.

No prior interest in art required but an acquired taste for coffee and croissant may be desirable although scones and teas are available too.

Wednesdays: 19 Oct, 2, 16 + 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 11 Jan | 11.30am – 12.30pm

£3.50 per person (includes a coffee and a croissant) | Please book in advance by calling 01738 477724.

Movement exhibition continues until Sunday, 15 January 2017 at Threshold artspace and tours internationally. Co-curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Wendy Timmons. Produced by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace in partnership with Margaret Morris Movement International, Culture Perth and Kinross and Fergusson Gallery. Supported by Creative Scotland and University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education.