Dance Art Foundation presents

by Joe Moran
UK National Tour
October - November 2014

Assembly | Programme and venue information | Works | Associated events

Performance works

Arrangement (2014)
Running time: 48 minutes | Performers: 6 dancers
Men, masculinity and full-bodied dancing come under inspection in Arrangement, a bold and arresting new work. Performed by six exceptional male dancers, Arrangement is a challenging and refreshing examination of dance’s potential to question who, what and how we may be.

'A good-humoured inspection of ‘overblown masculinity’ Seen & Heard International


Obverse (2012/14)
Running time: 20 minutes | Performers: 3 dancers
Obverse (2012/14) is a complex, detailed and choreographically intricate trio that challenges its dancers to transform their state of being, from moment to moment, in both body and thinking. Set to a striking music score by BAFTA award winning Kaffe Mattheews, this trio is a compelling response to the idea that meaning in dance is generated by how dance is structured. Obverse pursues formalism in choreography to liberate the poetics and immediacy of dance.
Commissioned by The Place Prize for dance sponsored by Bloomberg


Decommission (2013)
Running time: 15 minutes | Performers: 1 dancer
Moran's self-performed solo, Decommission (2013) is a lively experiment in intimacy and risk.


Installations works

The Body (2013)
Durational installation | Performers: 9 dancers
The Body is a sound and performance installation that draws upon the work of writer Paul Auster. Amidst ten chairs and in counterpoint to a spoken word sound score, nine performers listen, sit and stand, in forming and reforming configurations.

Singular (2011)
Durational installation | Performers: 2 dancers

Highly specific choreographic directives complicate and problematise performers’ subjectivities through their negotiation of conceptual and perceptual puzzles.

‘I enjoy their presence most when I almost miss it, catching an elbow here, a flash of blue there’
Bellyflop magazine

Assembly is produced by Dance Art Foundation. It is generously funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, with support from The Place, South East Dance, Movingeast, Dance4, Artsadmin and Merseyside Dance Initiative. Obverse was commissioned for The Place Prize for dance sponsored by Bloomberg.

Assembly is performed by: Andrew Hardwidge, Samuel Kennedy, Joe Moran, Erik Nevin, Christopher Owen, Hilary Stainsby, Alex Standard and Yiannis Tsigkris. Assembly premiered at The Place in May 2014, ahead of national touring, Oct – Nov 2014.


Tour Dates

Thurs 16 October: London
David Roberts Art Foundation
Arrangement (excerpt), plus Singular installation

Tues 21 October: Leicester

De Montfort University
Obverse and Arrangement

Weds 22 October: Bedford

Bedford University Theatre
Full triple-bill

Thurs 23 October: London

Royal Brompton Hospital
Obverse and Arrangement (excerpts)

Fri 24 October: Coventry

Ellen Terry Dance Theatre, Coventry University
Obverse and Arrangement

Mon 27 October: Liverpool

Aintree Hospital

Tues 28 October: Ormskirk

Edge Hill University
Full triple-bill

Weds 29 October: Liverpool

Broadgreen University NHS Trust
Obverse and Arrangement (excerpts)

Thurs 30 October: Crewe

Axis Arts Centre
Full triple-bill

Mon 3 November: London

St Thomas' Hospital
Obverse and Arrangement (excerpts)

Sat 8-Sun 9 November: Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary
Full triple-bill, plus The Body and Singular installations

Sat 15 November: London
Greenwich Dance