Its is a collaboration between Hannah Buckley, photographer Amy Buckley and costume and set designer Lauren Reyhani. It is an installation and performance. It is a celebration of death. It is a mediation on life.
In western society we deny death - it has been outsourced to doctors, moving from home to hospital, and in doing so has become the dark unknown. Yet death has and always will be intrinsic to life.
In an attempt to reconnect with death All Flesh Is Grass uses nature, witch craft and tradition to create a visual and sensory experience. All Flesh Is Grass embraces death, and places it at the centre of every action, thought and image.
S/HE (premiered 2017)
S/HE is a dance performance. A duet between a man and woman. It is a reflection on the questions 'do men need feminism?' and 'does feminism need men? After a two year process of research and development expanding on these questions S/HE premiered on June 3rd 2017 at The Place (London).
Influenced by real stories, science fiction and menstruation S/HE uses movement and text to ask questions about gender constructs in western society. Rather than providing answers S/HE wants to give audiences space to imagine new possibilities for co existing.
Director - Hannah Buckley
Choreography - Hannah Buckley in collaboration with Simon Palmer
Performers - Hannah Buckley and Simon Palmer
Lightening Design - George Leigh
Costume - Lauren Reyhani
Creative support - Robbie Synge and Amy Bell
Dramaturgical support - Peggy Olislaegers (through Yorkshire Dance's SKETCH programme)
Music - Eartheater (Alex Drewchin) - Infinity and If it in yin, Jeff Beck - The Pump
Texts - If Men Could Menstruate, extract (1986) - Gloria Steinem with adaptations by Hannah Buckley, Porn Rock (2016) - Hannah Buckley and Simon Palmer, Why men aren’t sensitive (2012) - Bill Burr, Throwing Like A Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment Motility and Spatiality, extract (1980) - Iris Marion Young
Commissioned by The Place and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from Dance Manchester, Yorkshire Dance, TripSpace, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance.
Special thanks to Paul Burns, David Olejnik and my parents.
Woman With Eggs (premiered 2014)
Via Sophie Calle, a 90 year old woman and Kate Bush this is a solo about women’s ability to be many things.
Woman With Eggs has been performed throughout the UK at venues such as The Place, Greenwich Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Z-Arts and Dance City.
Choreography and Performance - Hannah Buckley
Music - Eartheater (Alex Drewchin) - Babooshka, Grimes - Oblivion
Costume - Lauren Reyhani
Text - Kakuarshuk - Inuit folk story taken from Angela Carterʼs Book of Fairtytales, Extracts from interviews with Bo Tillmanns and Elsie Brown, The Terrorism of Children - extracts from a Sheila Heti interview with Sophie Calle.
A structured improvisation in response to Hockneyʼs autobiography of the same title - Hockney's thoughts on photography and drawing somehow seemed transferable to movement, choreography and the body. His concepts of time and space, his artistic interests and work are the foundation of this piece.
ʻWe canʼt all be seeing the same things; we are all seeing something a bit differentʼ. D. Hockney
Chris Butler and Simon Connor of We Are Willow, using quotes from Hockney's book as inspiration, produced an original sound score to accompany the choreography. http://www.wearewillow.com/
Costume by Lauren Reyhani.
Originally commissioned by Aquinas Sixth Form College (Stockport) and performed by students at the Buxton Fringe Festival it was then re worked and performed by professional dancers at the Whitworth Art Gallery, at the 'The Hockney Loft Party' After Hours event in December 2012 in response to the 'Hockney To Hogarth : A Rakes Progress' exhibition.