Interview: Colette Sadler – 'For me, the audience is a vital part of this event'
Choreographer discusses new cross-artform event, Fictional Matters
Bringing together dance, music, film screenings and discussion, Fictional Matters is a brand new programme of events taking place at the CCA in Glasgow. We talk to curator Colette Sadler about her vision for the weekend.
What prompted you to curate Fictional Matters?
I had been thinking about crossovers in my own performance and choreographic work, with visual arts, music and writing, and wanted to create an event where this interdisciplinary space could be focused upon.
I feel connected to the conversations going on internationally around dance, and this kind of event makes sense – especially in Glasgow, with its prolific visual arts and music scenes. It felt important to open up any discussions around current practices in choreography and dance to those communities.
American choreographer William Forsythe once said that dance is also a 'visual art', and with that thought in mind I wanted to support an understanding of dance and choreography through its post-modern roots and interdisciplinary applications – and to expand an understanding of it beyond narrative or entertainment.
What can we expect to find during the Fictional Matters weekend?
The weekend presents a broad section of artists, both local and international, working within the fields of film, performance, music and visual arts. On Sunday 4 Dec, the afternoon is dedicated to presenting a cross-section of local/UK-based choreographers whose work demonstrates a lively interest and commitment to challenging what performance and choreography is.
London-based filmmaker Miranda Pennell will be in Glasgow on 2 Dec to give a performance lecture and screen her latest film The Host. Choreographer Adam Linder will perform in Glasgow for the first time on 3 Dec, following international successes within both dance and visual arts, so it's a great opportunity for audiences to get to know his work. He'll also be in discussion with the artistic director of Dance 4 Nottingham, Paul Russ. American visual artist/filmmaker Daria Martin will screen two of her works, Soft Materials and Sensorium Tests on 3 Dec. And Glasgow-based musician and composer Ela Orleans will be in concert and give a short talk on 4 Dec.
What were you looking for from the work / participants involved?
I have been looking broadly at the theme of animism in my own work for some years, in particular the relationship between animate and inanimate realms. So when it came to looking for artists to participate in Fictional Matters, I wanted artists or works that also deal with this theme – and either directly or indirectly with performance and choreography.
The artists I have curated for the programme I had encountered previously, either in exhibitions or performances, and been interested in them as an audience member myself due to their rigour and quality.
Part of the selection also came about through conversations I had with local artists – allowing guests to invite other guests. So the content of the event is not all dictated by me, but evolved through the participation of different people and their desires.
What do you hope audiences will get out of the experience?
I hope, first and foremost, they will enjoy and be inspired by the works themselves and that the experience will resonate with them afterwards. All the discussions in and around the presentations are open to the public, so there is a chance for audiences to be active participants in that. For me, the audience is a vital part of this event and these discussions.
CCA, Glasgow, Fri 2-Sun 4 Dec