Theatre in Wales

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  Simon Whitehead

Simon Whitehead

Parc y pratt farm
St. Dogmaels
SA43 3DS

  current production | past productions
phone | ffôn 01239 615357
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simon whitehead
artistic policy
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To make live, ephemeral performance works that aim to reveal the shifting landscape of relationships to place, territory and belonging in an age of increasing mobility and change
brief history
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Movement Artist Simon Whitehead began making work in 1992 as part of the live art collective 'The Working Party', in London. During this period he made a series of walking and interventionist works in public spaces and the studio works 'The Assignment Series', presented at the Serpentine Gallery, ICA and Chisenhale Dance Space.

Following a period of further movement training and performances in New York he returned to Wales in 1994, where he developed the performance work 'Bodies of Land' in the Preseli Hills with Scott deLahunta, and toured the solo work 'shed' (from walking).

Since 1996 he has developed a collaborative relationship with sound artist Barnaby Oliver through a body of performance works that incorporate an attitude to making that is bound by underlying notions of deep ecology, presence and an intuitive approach to site. Their research process is place-sensitive and often involves periods of walking and the gathering of materials from which to ritually reconstruct a 'magical model' of a landscape, in these live movement /sound works the presence/interaction of the viewer is an essential component.

In 1999 Simon collaborated with film director Margaret Constantas on 'Anemos',a short dance film for BBC Wales made on a windfarm site, featuring dancer Stirling Steward; In the Autumn 2000, he collaborated with Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal on a journey from the source to the estuary of the river Ystwyth; 'The Rivers Journey' was curated by The CPR.

Simon was a contributing artist on the recent WRA/La Caldera 'Migrations' conference at the CCCB in Barcelona, where he developed 'stalks', a movement work in response to the city.

Since 1995 he has developed the locator series, workshop/ retreats for artists, that explore the relationships between Ecology and Performance; locator #9 DEEPMIDWINTER took place in Tycanol woods, West Wales, with 10 movement/performance artists over 4 days in December 2000. This project is ongoing.
selected past productions
rhai cynhyrchiadau'r gorffenol
big muff(1996),
tableland 1,11 &111
(1998/99), skyclad(1999),
collaborations with Barnaby Oliver.
Anemos (1999);
film collaboration with Margaret Constantas
rivers journey (2000);
collaboration with Rachel Rosenthal
stalks (2000)
interventions @ Migrations, Barcelona

locator series ( 1995-2000); # 1-9, North and West Wales, London, Lancaster & Singapore
future plans
cynlluniau at y dyfodol
stalks#2 Cardiff; plus further walking projects in cities in 2001/2002

briscwm birds; curated live art event in farm outbuildings with 7 artists from West Wales and beyond

haunts: project beginning with research residency at Chisenhale Dance Space London with 7-10 yr old children, generating performance material from their lived experiences of the places in which they live and play. This project will then be developed in a rural community in Co. Wicklow Ireland, and then travel to other rural and urban spaces in Wales and beyond in 2001-2002

travelling without moving; research into telematics, sound and movement; to be realised as installation in 2002.

homing; solo film / performance work on the childhood journey between school and home, 2001-

locator#10; 10 artists, 10 days; performance retreat Tycanol woods, West Wales,2001

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