Let us introduce you to the latest member of the White & Givan creative team, our artist-in-residence Claudia Nocentini. Bologna-born and Edinburgh-based artist Claudia has been following us since the public launch of our residency in February 2016. Swapping her sketchbook and ink for an iPad and a stylus, Claudia has been accompanying us on rehearsals, showings and even live performances producing a suite of ‘gestural drawings’. Watch this space for the unveiling of Claudia’s new work inspired by Breathe as part of the Stage – a new exhibition exploring the relationship between drama and dance, music and movement at Threshold artspace on 10 May. Curated by White & Givan’s own co-curator, Stage will launch at 6pm over light refreshments as a pre-show treat for our live performance of Breathe at Perth Concert Hall – all part of Perth’s own Dance Festival.
“White and Givan’s Breathe speaks to me of the depth and meaning of human relationships, of the grounding quality and weight of intimacy. The performance instantly commands emotional connection and I chose gestural drawing because it allowed me to relate better with the dancers in movement. I set pen to paper without knowing what they were going to do or where they would be moving to in space, but, concentrating closely on their movement, I trusted my hand to follow almost without looking at the marks it was leaving. I let my hand dance with them and, since there was no time to describe the space they moved in, the signs took an appearance of scribbling, which I emphasized firstly by using ink and brush and subsequently by moving to Zen Brush, an app for calligraphy.” Claudia Nocentini