- Title: Plants and Ghosts
- Summary: Davies' first work to tour non-theatre spaces it explores connections between performers and audiences in new ways. Made for eight dancers with sound installation by Max Eastley and a humorous accumulative text by Caryl Churchill. The non-theatre spaces to which it toured included a disused aircraft hangar in Oxfordshire, a church in Oslo, a woollen mill in Bradford and a tea warehouse in Bristol.
- Work: 2002
- Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
- Choreographer Comments: choreographed for Siobhan Davies Dance.
Movement material: The company dancers
- Dancer: Tammy Arjona, Laurent Cavanna, Catherine James, Henry Montes, Matthew Morris, Paul Old, Sasha Roubicek, Deborah Saxon, Sarah Warsop
- Music: Max Eastley
- Composer: Max Eastley
- Sound Installation: Max Eastley
- Writer: Caryl Churchill
- Writer Comments: Credited in original programme as Text Contributor. 'She bit her tongue' recorded by Linda Bassett
- Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
- Lighting Design Comments: Adrian Plaut took over from Peter Mumford who had suffered an injury.
- Sound Engineer: Andy Pink
- Costume Designer: Genevieve Bennett
- Production Manager: Ollie Brown
- Contributors: Lucy Bethune, Wendy Ebsworth, Desiree Kongerod
- Contributors Comments: Lucy Bethune/Wendy Ebsworth: sign language, Desiree Kongerod: stilts instructor
- Analysis: ’The body is a hybrid being, part flesh, part spirit. Plants and Ghosts is based on the reciprocal play between the finite world of blood, bone and tissue, and the unbounded realm of mind, intention and imagination.
The piece is seeded with different ideas, and threaded with the theme of growth. It opens with small, embryonic actions which swell and multiply like cells; later, scattered jigsaw fragments of movement gradually mesh into tighter wholes. Another section cycles around a single moment, accumulating movement and density with each repetition, and finally the body itself is extended, costumed
with projections like extrusions of bone and tendon.
In each case, the development is driven by contrary, dissonant forces, rooted in physical flesh but animated by a restless spirit’ (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 2002).
'The dancers in the company have been major contributors to the making of Plants and Ghosts. I bring initial ideas, help evolve material as the dancers experiment with movement and finally, I edit and structure the whole. It is the dancers who make and remake the movement and contribute ideas and arguments that strengthen the final work’ (Siobhan Davies, 2002).
‘Another example of accumulation as structure returns in Plants and Ghosts (2002) although the accumulation here develops out of Caryl Churchill's imaginative accumulative text and is echoed in an accumulative sign language dance. By changing the principal medium of the accumulation Davies effectively draws further attention to its role in her choreography’ (Sarah Whatley, 2002).
- Production Date Original: 2002
- Tour: 19/09/02 - 22/09/02 - Upper Heyford, Oxford (Premiere)
29/09/02 - 30/09/02 - Coda Festival, Oslo, Norway
10/10/02 - 18/10/02 - Victoria Miro Gallery, London (No Performance 14/10/02)
01/11/02 - 03/11/02 - Salts Mill, Saltaire
08/11/02 - 09/11/02 - Spike Island, Bristol
14/11/02 - 16/11/02 - Corn Exchange, Brighton
29/05/03 - 30/05/03 - Lighthouse, Poole
03/06/03 - 07/06/03 - Riverside Studios, London
12/06/03 - 14/06/03 - Tramway, Glasgow
26/06/03 - 28/06/03 - Boathouse No. 4, Portsmouth