Workshop：Embody the Fluid Identity
Venue： 5F SPA Space, Power Station of Art
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Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist with over 40 solo and collaborative projects in a range of media including live performance, installation, film and publication. Her work has been shown in the UK (National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, Chelsea Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Rich Mix London, Barbican Plymouth, Playhouse Derry, Southbank Centre, Capstone Liverpool, Christie’s and many others) and internationally in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Serbia, USA, Australia, India, Canada and South Africa.
Her performance Internal Terrains heads the British Library’s online digital performance collection and is used as its banner and twitter icon. She has worked in partnerships based in the UK and internationally, most recently with the University of Ottawa, VCA Melbourne, DDL Toronto and Science Gallery London, and she regularly collaborates with Counterpoints Arts London.
Natasha’s artwork and academic research have been funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Tower Hamlets, Humanities Research Fund, Hosking Houses Trust, Transatlantic Fellowship and numerous commissions and residencies.
She holds a doctorate from the University of Warwick and delivers lectures, talks and workshops across the world, from Buffalo to Tokyo to Grenoble to New Delhi. She has published articles in Performance Research and elsewhere, and her own work has appeared and been critically reviewed and written about in publications by Routledge and others, as well as in the Guardian, Time Out, The Stage, Total Theatre, Irish Times etc including by critics and writers such as Matt Trueman, Diana Damian and Mary Paterson. A monograph about her work, including texts by Natasha and a number of other artists and scholars, is available via Live Art Development Agency’s Unbound. Next two years will see the publication of two more critical theory book chapters and two art books written by Natasha（www.natashaproductions.com）.
Natasha Davis is an interdisciplinary theatre artist working at the intersection of performance art, theatre and visual arts with a special focus on migration, body and memory. In her performance talk she will discuss the use of theatre space, installations and her own performing body to create politically engaged material about identity and migration, based on autobiography, mythology, historical facts and fiction. The focus of this talk will be Natasha's recent performances and numerous installations and short films, in which she uses metaphors and concepts of repetitive returns to the memories of displacement to create layered episodic multi-media work.
In 2009 Natasha made a performance about cancer and migration, looking at the decay of the body and decay of the land due to civil war, which became Rupture, the first part of her solo trilogy. She conducted research for Asphyxia, the second part of the trilogy, in South America in high altitude where it was difficult to breathe. The final piece in the trilogy, Suspended, explored the state of being out-of-balance and saw the audience share the performance space with Natasha. Internal Terrains continued on the trilogy and looked at life as a choreography of decades, in search of what's at stake as we progress from one decade in life to another. Teeth Show looked at the needs of a body in transit across borders and asked who has the right to beautiful teeth. Fifty Rooms combined autobiographical episodes with magic realism, stem cells and martial arts to explore ideas around home, belonging and aging.