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    Holly Blakey & Jeremy Deller

    Sat 18 Sep, 6.45pm UTC
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    past event
    Dancer performing piece by Holly Blakey and Jeremy Deller - part of the routine and from the film from it.

    See a new short film by choreographer Holly Blakey and artist Jeremy Deller, graciechesterbeckyjohnnynaomisakeematylor, presented with a live soundtrack.

    The improvised score is created and performed live by Gwilym Gold (musical director), Oliver Coates, Dave Okumu, Tom Skinner and Neil Charles.

    This collaboration between Blakey, a revolutionary contemporary choreographer, Deller, a Turner Prize-winning artist, and the five musicians, is part of our Purcell Sessions, a series which champions creative encounters across disciplines.

    Blakey is one of the foremost names in contemporary choreography. As well as working with artists like Jorja Smith, Four Tet, Florence and the Machine and Yves Tumor, she has also previously teamed up with Vivienne Westwood, Dior and Gucci to create live and digital work. Her show Cowpuncher My Ass premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2019, commissioned by the Southbank Centre.

    Deller is a conceptual, video and installation artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004. In 2012, for the London Olympic Games, he created a touring inflatable replica of Stonehenge. He also once staged a re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, the 1984 confrontation between striking miners and police.

    Gwilym Gold has previously created original music for Blakey's work, including her film Phantom and upcoming film Triptych. His work as a soloist includes albums A Paradise (2015) and Sky Blue Room (2019) and the ever-transforming suite of songs Tender Metal (2012).

    Oliver Coates records on RVNG Intl, and his most recent LP is skins n slime, a drone metal and slime backwards-loop cello album. As a composer and strings sound designer, he has most recently worked with Arca on their Madre EP and forthcoming albums on XL. He is composing the original soundtrack for Australian movie The Stranger.

    Dave Okumu is best known as the front man of The Invisible, but he has worked with artists including Amy Winehouse, Theo Parrish and Arlo Parks. He recently announced his new solo project, Knopperz.

    Tom Skinner is a drummer and part of Mercury-nominated jazz group Sons of Kemet. Among his production and playing collaborations, he recently joined Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood in a new project called The Smile. He also presents a regular radio show on Worldwide FM.

    Neil Charles is a bass player and composer who has worked with musicians including Anthony Braxton and Seb Rochford. Charles also leads the electro-acoustic trio Zed-U and produces electronic music under the alias Ben Marc.

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    Sat 18 Sep, 6.45pm UTC


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