Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

14 November 2013

Edwaard Liang / Russell Maliphant / Christopher Wheeldon. An Evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

Dancers Fang-Yi Sheu, Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Clifton Brown perform at Sadler’s Wells.

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PresentPast. Choreographer Russell Maliphant, lighting designer Michael Hulls, dancer Fang-Yi Shue

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After The Rain. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, dancers Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith

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Five Movements, Three Repeats. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon dancers  Fang-Yi Sheu, Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Clifton Brown

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Two by Two. Choreographer Russell Maliphant; lighting designer Michael Hulls, dancers Fang-Yi Shue and Yuan Yaun Tan

Dancing around Duchamp

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

May 29th 2013

Richard Alston Dance Company dance a mixed repertoire of Cunningham dances within the Barbican Art Gallery. I am there with my sketch book and pencils.




Lewisham College Btec Dancers video

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

8th October 2012

On 21st September, 14 Lewisham College students from the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma performed a dance they titled “Live Art” in the no format gallery during my exhibition, dancing amongst the work. To watch the performance filmed by Jack Thrush Lewisham College Media & Music Technician please see:

The brief had been to create a new piece of work using my art work as a starting point and inspiration.  The Project Leader is Robert Nicholson. The project was a collaboration between myself and Lewisham College Dance department.

Opening Night of Exhibition

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

13th September 2012

Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure 

My Exhibition at no format gallery opened on Thursday evening.

no format gallery. Sally McKay show

Sally McKay. Exhibition at No Format GalleryThe gallery ready for the evening opening

The Rodin Project

Yolande York-Edgell and Jack Jones of Yorke Dance Project danced solos surrounded by my work in the gallery. The sculpture, Marilyn, will be leaving the gallery early next week to join Yolande York-Edgell on stage at Bath ICIA when she dances in the company’s World Premier of Words Worth.

Thanks to Nicholas Carn for filming the performance.

Marc Brew Company. Fusional Fragments

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

28th August 2012

Wonderful day with choreographer Marc Brew and his company Marc Brew Company at Greenwich Dance, drawing during the rehearsal of Fusional Fragments. Fusional Fragments will be performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited Festival, on Friday with drummer Dame Evelyn Glennie playing live on stage. Lots of small pencil drawings and 1 large one on brown wrapping paper.

Marc Brew Company, Fusional Fragments

While I’ve been preparing for my exhibition I haven’t been able to spend time with the dance companies drawing and have been missing the live drawing, missing the dancers, missing the speed, energy and collaboration.

My Daughter Dances in Closing Ceremony

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

12th August 2012

My  daughter was one of the 350 children from 10 schools in the 6 east London Host Boroughs chosen to dance in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, they were auditioned had many rehearsals after school, at weekends and during the holiday. They delighted in being a part of something so big, so special and cloaked in secrecy.

The 12 and 13 year olds danced to Ray Davies of the Kinks singing Waterloo Sunset forming a human dancing River Thames. Sadly the camera work was unimaginative and only focussed on the singer, but my daughter danced for me in the garden after the ceremony.

Closing Ceremony waterloo sunset Closing Ceremony waterloo sunset

Closing Ceremony waterloo sunset Closing Ceremony waterloo sunsetJust add another 349 kids and you’ll get the idea!

The Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

14th August 2012

The Olympics is over and the Paralympic Games will soon begin. My kids and I had a lot of fun during The Olympics, living in Greenwich and my studio in Woolwich we felt like we were in the hub of it all.

We watched the races on the Big Screen in Blackheath, had a neighbors Olympic BBQ in our garden and because my daughter was dancing in the Closing Ceremony she was given 2 tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony, so we had a great evening in the Olympic park. Here’s some quick snaps, taken along the way. I am continuing to prepare for my exhibition opening 13 September.

Olympic Park olympic parkThe approach to the Olympic Park is covered in wild flowers, including cornflowers and marigolds.

Our shadows in the Olympic Park Anish Kapoor, Orbit Anish Kapoor’s Orbit. My daughter and I waiting to enter the arena to watch the dress rehearsal


Opening Ceremony drummersMy favourite performers were the drummers of all ages – fantastic!

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Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony

Olympic Park goodbye Singing goodbye to us as we left the Olympic Park!

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dances in The Tanks

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

20th July 2012. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at Tate Modern

The Tanks, Tate Modern’s fabulous new extension, opened to the public on 18th July. Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performed Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich which she adapted for this new space with dancer Tale Dolven.

These subterranean tanks used to contain a million gallons of oil in the former life of the building as Bankside Power Station, and now have been converted into a permanent gallery dedicated to live art and performance art. Converted by the architects who designed the first phase of Tate Modern in 2000, Herzog + de Meuron.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dances in The Tanks Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dances in The Tanks

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dances in The Tanks

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dances in The Tanks Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tale Dolven dance Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich in celebration of the opening of The Tanks

Fase set to four pieces of Steve Reich’s “phase music” investigates the relationship between music and movement. Containing four minimalist dances, each is finely structured following rhythmic patterns. We were free to mill around or to sit on the floor creating a square surrounding the dances, but nobody moved from the moment they walked on and began to dance to the end of the last dance 1 hour later, the audience was totally captivated.

Greenwich Dance Family Cabaret

Friday, May 25th, 2012

19 May 2012

Saturday 19th May was the first day of Big Dance 2012, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance. Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London, Greenwich Dance is working with local dancers, arts organisations, schools and councils to bring together 8 weeks of dance across south east London. Greenwich Dance kicked off the festivities with the Greenwich Dance Big Family Cabaret.

In my new role of Resident Artist of Greenwich Dance, I facilitated Drawing Dance. As the audience arrived I invited the children to join me and dancers: Victor Fung and Ragnhild Olsen on the dance floor which was covered in a huge carpet of white paper. Fabulous rhythmic drawings were made by the children and many adults too, inspired by the music DJ Festus Williams was playing and the dancing of Victor and Ranghild.

Award winning comedian Tom Roden from New Art Club was the compere.

My drawings of the performance

Family Cabaret 2012

Maxwell Dance Project  Magpie Dance Youth Group

Family Cabaret 2012

Matthias Sperling and Antonia Grove

Family Cabaret 2012

Hoop La La

Family Cabaret 2012

Dickson Mbi, Adrian Naidas and Jonathon Reid

A great start to the next 8 weeks of Big Dance.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Classic Cut

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

13th March

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden, performed Classic Cut, a double bill of Configurations and new work Dev Kahan Hai/Where Is Dev? This is the first project of their three year 25th anniversary celebration programme.

Configurations was choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh in 1988 to music commissioned from Michael Nyman, String Quartet No. 2. Played live on stage at the Linbury adding to the visual and acoustic feast.

Shobana Jeyasingh. Configurations

Shobana Jeyasingh. Configurations


Shobana Jeyasingh says of Configurations, “It is a dance work that has shifted and changed, reflecting my own work as a choreographer.”

Shobana Jeyasingh. Dev Kahan Hai?/Where is Dev?

Dev Kahan Hai//Where Is Dev?

The web site says Shobana Jeyasingh’s vision for the company “is rooted in a vision of a Britain that is culturally coherent in new and unexpected ways…We see connections where others only see differences and we seek to make these connections through choreographic practice.”

The evening is a wonderful, exhilarating fusion of classical Asian dance – Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance, very fast, very sharp, very now and to me feels very London.

In May I am looking forward to joining the company to draw the dancers during rehearsal, keep an eye on my blog I will post some of the drawings on as I go. I hope to use the drawings to inform a painting and etchings which I will show in my solo exhibition in September.

Open Studio: Thursday May 17th 5pm – 9pm. Saturday 19th May 11am – 6pm. Sunday 20th May 11am – 6pm. Studio 17, Unit 0, Second Floor Studios, Mellish Industrial Estate, Warspite Road, London SE18 5NR

Solo exhibition September 13th – 23rd, part of ‘On Sublimity and Synaesthesia‘ exhibiting in conjunction with freelance writer Dr Stephen Baycroft. No Format Gallery, Second Floor Studios, Mellish Industrial Estate, Warspite Road, London SE18 5NR

More details on the exhibitions will follow soon

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