Mary Oliver – morning poetry writing

Listen to this wonderfully calm and thoughtful interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver (NPR recording 2013).

In under 7 minutes, she conveys the fresh tang of her words, by reading her poem “I happen to be standing”, written during her usual early morning attentiveness to nature and poetry writing time of choice.  Then goes on to give some thoughts on the practice of writing poetry and her concern with the natural world:



Fashion, Art, dance, music

Here at ,& we are all about the arts mixed, and the arts mixed with life – hence our tagline “,& the continuing conversation between life and Art”.

So we love this.

Tracie Cheng‘s drawings on flowing fabrics, dance across a field in fashion by Arret Studio, Shanghai.

Video by Derryck Menere.

Subtle, beautiful, moving.


Creative Takeaway

Do you write words or paint or draw?  Take that into another dimension by putting your work on fabric and placing it in different ways.

How about flying it as a flag?

Wearing it as a t-shirt?

Printing it onto fabric for a dancer?

“Dance is like thought”

Helen Keller, the famous blind/deaf writer, visits Martha Graham‘s dance studio rehearsal and responds.

Although without hearing and unable to see, she responds with joy to a singer (holding her hand to the singer’s throat and cheek), drums and the sensation of the floor moving under her feet and the whoosh of the dancers circling her.


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Dance and Visual Art – London

This weekend coming (10-12th November), the National Gallery, London will have dancers from Siobhan Davies Dance, led by Lucy Suggate.  The dance artists will be resident in the Gallery, researching how performance, choreography and movement can enhance understanding and engagement in visual art.

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Over the course of the weekend, you’ll be able to drop in to see the artists at work and sharing ideas at the following times:

Saturday 12 November, between 12–2pm
Rooms 30–34

Sunday 13 November, between 12–2pm
Rooms 30–34

Dancing Museums is an EU partnership project bringing together five European dance organisations and eight internationally renowned museums to explore with dance new ways of interacting with audiences.

For the seventh Dancing Museums residency UK dance artist Lucy Suggate is joined by collaborating EU dance artists, curators, education professionals and scientists including cognitive neuroscientist Guido Orgs, social psychologist Daniel Richardson and art historian Marco Peri. During the week they explore how the presence of dancers can offer new ways of experiencing art in the museum and interrupt codes of gallery behaviour.

Dance and Painting
10 Oct, 1pm–1.45pm
National Gallery, WC2N 5DN
Lecturer Siân Waters examines the relationship between painting and dance. Find out more.

Siobhan Davies in conversation with Caroline Campbell and Gill Hart
7 Nov, 1pm–1.45pm
National Gallery, WC2N 5DN
Siobhan Davies discusses inter-relationships between dance and painting with Caroline Campbell, the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department at The National Gallery, and Gill Hart, Head of Education at The National Gallery. Find out more.

Layers of Meaning: Conservation and Dance
11 Nov, 1pm–1.30pm
National Gallery, WC2N 5DN
Larry Keith, Head of Conservation at The National Gallery explores differing interpretations of conservation. Find out more.

The Neuroaesthetics of Movement
11 Nov, 7pm–8.30pm
Siobhan Davies Studios, SE1 6ER
Cognitive neuroscientist Guido Orgs and social psychologist Daniel Richardson introduce the psychological and brain mechanisms that are involved in performing and perceiving movement, reflecting on their work with the Dancing Museums artists during the National Gallery residency. Click for further information.

Dance Artists’ Open Research 
12–13 Nov, 12pm-2pm
National Gallery, WC2N 5DN, Rooms 30-34
Following a week of research and workshops at the National Gallery, the Dancing Museums artists share ideas developed during the residency in the gallery spaces. Find out more


The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
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