Melanie Manchot’s diverse and research-driven practice employs photography, video, film and sound. Her long-standing areas of enquiry range from portraiture to participation and performance, to questions of individual and collective identities. Situated at the threshold between the documentary and staged events, Manchot’s work frequently involves an engagement with strangers.
Dance (All Night, London) (2017) is a collective dance performance which debuted at Art Night, a free contemporary arts festival in London. Manchot worked in collaboration with 10 dance schools from around the east of the city, each representing a different style of movement, from Cuban Rueda to Chinese Dance and Argentine Tango. Beginning in the early evening, dancers paraded through the streets, coming together in Exchange Square, Broadgate, where they danced alongside each other. From 10pm to 1am the square was illuminated and transformed into a temporary stage and taken over by teachers from each school offering dance lessons to the public. The project encouraged audiences to come and dance in the square, to experience vibrant rhythms and learn something new. When the lessons were over the space became an open dance floor until the early hours of the morning, with playlists and headphones available via a silent disco.
- Artwork Details: running time: 30 minutes
- Edition: 1 of 5
- Material description: 3 channel video installation comprising 4K and HD video, double stereo sound
- Credit line: © the artist. Gift of the artist 2017. Commissioned by Art Night for the Arts Council Collection, made possible by Art Fund.
- Medium: Film and Audio Visual
- Accession number: ACC1/2017