A new work by the renowned action-architect Mehmet Sander, in collaboration with workshop participants who work in the NHS and mental health sectors.
The piece will be devised over 2 days with non-dancers in free workshops open only to those in the health and care professions.
"I really want to work with NHS nurses and staff because for me they are the most disciplined, resilient, hard-working people. These are the qualities one must have to execute my work."
- Mehmet Sander
Mehmet Sander’s work challenges people's habitual ideas of what a dance should be like. Associating his pieces more closely to the fields of architecture and physics rather than performance and music, Sander’s dance is about movement, space and time, explored through collaboration with physical forces such as gravity, inertia and velocity. Sander’s work aims to provoke thought and push boundaries, reflecting reality rather than offering an escape from it.
About Mehmet Sander
Mehmet Sander started dancing with Geyvan Mcmillen in Istanbul in 1984. He continued his dance education at the London Contemporary Dance School, California State University (Long Beach), Harvard University and American Dance Festival. He founded the Mehmet Sander Dance Company in 1990, performing throughout the United States and participating in numerous events and festivals such as the Holland Dance Festival, New Moves (Scotland), ICA’s National Look at Live Arts (UK), Klapstuk Festival (Belgium) and Munich Dance Festival (Germany). Sander′s recent UK work includes the commission and presentation of original works Uncomfort Zone at Queen Mary, University of London (2011) and Impact at Fierce Festival (2012). He premiered his new work Trust Fall at Bristol’s In Between Time Festival (2013) and performed his new solo BANG at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern (2013). The Tate Modern presented Mehmet Sander's sold out workshop in 2014.
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