Mesa + Helen Cox (2018)
On 11th and 12th of April, artist Inês Neto dos Santos and choreographer Helen Cox collaborated for a unique evening of contemporary dance and food, bringing an innovative spin on what a dance and a meal can be, individually, or together. This event was held at and supported by arebyte Gallery.
Mesa is a project founded by dos Santos that challenges our encounters with art and creates platforms for creative conversation. It exists in the form of various eating experiences, every time in collaboration with a different artist, whose work serves as inspiration for the menu. The project explores food as a global language, seeing it as a catalyst for discussion and new connections.
Guests were invited to experience a dinner and a dance piece intertwined: the menu borrowed themes and aesthetics from double pendulum, interpreting them through flavours, textures and colours. This immersive, multi-sensory experience aims to introduce new audiences to contemporary arts and dance in an interesting and stimulating environment.
Rehearsal footage filmed at Studio Wayne McGregor / Photography by Liz Gorman
11th & 12th April 2018
London City Island, E14 0LG
double pendulum (2017)
‘beautifully crafted’ – Sanjoy Roy
‘It is one of the few works I have seen that stands on its own choreographic merits without any need for notes or explanations’ – Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance
The motion of a single pendulum is wholly predictable, but when another pendulum is connected the movement becomes complex and uncertain. Acting as a metaphor for the interdependent relationships we have with those people close in our lives, we find that the stronger the connection, the more complex it becomes. In double pendulum we see two people push, pull, flourish and falter, but never stop.
Choreography by Helen Cox
Performed by Helen Cox and Andrew Oliver
Lighting Design by Ric Mountjoy & Lucy Hansom
Music by Floating Points & Loscil
Photography by Chantal Guevara and Ivan Trigo
December 9th 2016 Work-in-progress showing, Kaleidoscopic Arts, Centre 151, London
January 13th 2017 Premiere, Resolution 2017 festival, The Place, London
May 19th 2017 Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform, part of 2017 Wandsworth Fringe Festival
July 6th 2017 AGITART Festival, Figueres, Spain
July 29th 2017 The Bunker Theatre, London
‘the agency of her movement is neither inside nor outside her; she simply elongates and stretches her sinuous, smooth gestures around herself in circular patterns that have no end’ – Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance
Reflect on a time in your life when you were in a period of transition. It is sometimes said that this space in between is the most creative, but also the most vulnerable. Using the dancing body, I move through this space; deconstructing routines, and listening to the infinite possibilities of what lies between.
Choreographed and performed by Helen Cox
Costume/set design by Cherrie Lau
Lighting design by Lucy Hansom
Music by Alog
Photography by Lawrence Choi
Shaped by Kenneth Goldsmith’s Fidget, a written transcription of every movement his body made over thirteen hours, Lapse delves into a strict act of self-observation and its eventual abandonment.
Choreographed and performed by Heather Stewart & Helen Cox
Acted by Robin Toller
Lighting Design by Ric Mountjoy
Created in residence at The Albert, Kilburn’s pop-up artist space.
Photography by Roberto Rubaclava
February 12th 2014: Resolution, The Place, London, UK.