News #7: European Autumn / Antipodean Spring

Dear All

Some brief news about some things I’m involved in over the coming months …

1. Booth: A Dance Fair

Booth: A Dance Fair has been commissioned by The Place and Bloomberg SPACE as part of COMMA40. I’ve been working with Amy Watson and Heather Caruso to develop six dance booths: Solo, Social, Photo, Video, Talk and Lecture. The project includes work by (among others) Rosemary Lee, Katrina McPherson & Simon McPherson, Becky Edmunds, Lucy Cash, Doug Rosenberg, Stephanie Jordan, Erica Stanton, Bloom!, Luca Silvestrini, Dianne Reid, David Corbet, Mårten Spångberg, Sherril Dodds and Eva Recacha, plus I’ll be having a bit of a groove (think Patsy Cline, Chuck Berry, KC and the Sunshine Band …). Friday 25 November 2011, 11am to 2.30pm, Bloomberg SPACE, London EC2A 1HD (free). Details at and further information about COMMA40 at


2. Recovery

Recovery (alias, the never-ending project) has another set of legs (and they are very exciting), and the team – Nat Cursio, Shannon Bott, Pete Brundle, Ben Cobham (Bluebottle), Ben Cisterne and Byron Scullin – are currently inhabiting the rehearsal space at Napier St in Melbourne. I’m doing a bit of ‘directing from a distance’ and we’ll pick up some more time in March 2012. A première is not far off (but I’ve written this before).


3. Colin, Simon & I

Colin Poole and I spent two weeks bookending the summer in Choreodrome (The Place’s biennial choreographic research project) and Colin, Simon & I is close to being ready to present. We showed 10 minutes in Touch Wood and are currently meeting to continue the project’s development. On Wednesday 11 January 2012 @ 6pm, we’ll present a pre-première of the work at Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton as part of Roehampton Dance’s Dance Diary programme. We’ll then première the work (proper) at The Place in Spring 2012. During the project’s development and rehearsal we’ve had timely input(s) from Bob Whalley, Lee Miller, Chris Bannerman and Amy Watson.


4. I think not

In late August I traveled to Findhorn, Scotland to participate in Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project. I’ve wanted to participate in the SPCP for some time, and have long been inspired by artists such as Ros Warby, Rachel Krische, Atlanta Eke and Joe Moran who have worked with Deborah. Deborah developed a solo I think not which she taught us, and since then I’ve been practicing it daily in order to première the work next year. At this stage I’ll be showing my adaptation of Deborah’s choreography in Leicester, UK on 8 March 2012, and then again in Auckland, NZ in the week leading up to Good Friday (day to be confirmed). I’ll also be presenting the work in London sometime in late February, and will look to show it off (never could words be more wrong) in Melbourne when I am there in the Antipodean Autumn. Details and research blog at Thanks again to everyone who commissioned the project – my singing may mean you wished you hadn’t.


Lastly, I’m in Melbourne and Auckland in March and April for a number of projects and workshops, and hope to catch up with my Australian and Kiwi dancing friends.

That’s it for now.

All the very best, Simon

Twitter: @simonkellis




19 – 27 NOVEMBER

COMMA is a dynamic series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to the particular nature of Bloomberg SPACE.

For COMMA40, ground-breaking artists from The Place, will populate the gallery with creative research, evolving installations and impromptu performances.

Click HERE for listings:

Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm

Moorgate & Liverpool St.

Bloomberg SPACE
50 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1HD


more on blogs and teaching

I follow the blogs and social networking updates of a number of teachers around the world. They inspire me and and ask current and difficult questions about teaching and learning, often whilst willingly sharing ideas for working with students. Often these ideas are about attempting to make teaching and learning environments that give students the best possible chances of developing their voices – creative spaces that inspire, challenge, and help us to question our assumptions about the things we think we understand, and the things we might like to understand.

One such teacher – whom I have never met – is Shelley Wright, who teachers at secondary school level in Moose Jaw (which could only ever be the name of a place in Canada). At face value, our teaching practices have nothing in common: secondary versus tertiary, science vs (very) liberal arts, either side of the Atlantic pond …

And yet Shelley’s direct and very personal writing about her experiences of working with the students in Moose Jaw (just wanted to write that again) is provocative, inspiring and filled with possibilities for working with people who are curious about learning and ideas.

Thanks Shelley.