Louise’s recent work uses the symbolism and philosophy from alchemy as an overarching theme and includes an integrated visual description of the work, which describes that which cannot be seen. She is entering into a month of research in Australia spending time in Tasmania (Hobart and Launceston 20 June to 8 July) and New South Wales (9 to 20 July).
For this residency, Louise will continue the research into alchemy and how a choreographic process can learn from alchemical methods of repetition, distillation and refinement. She will also deepen her practice of using visual description for choreography and to experiment with how visual description can exist in and as choreography. Visual description is a method for providing access to art usually practiced on still works like paintings or sculpture, so the potential for it to exist in live works is to be explored with an open mind through play and improvisation.
Louise is looking to meet and work with artists who have an interest in alchemy/visual description/the meaning making of the abstract/writing/voice work.
Critical Path will partner with Tasdance for this residency.
Louise Ahl is a Glasgow-based artist originally from Sweden, making experimental and choreographic performance work. She creates both solo and collaborative multi-art-form pieces under the guise of Ultimate Dancer.
Louise makes work around the metaphysical and mystical, using movement, voice, light, sonics and language. Her work has shown across the UK (including, but not limited to Southbank Centre and BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art), Ireland, Germany, France, USA and Australia and has been supported through Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Louise was a New Associated Artist at Yorkshire Dance in 2012 and a Tramway Associated Artist in 2015/16. She is the 2017/18 recipient of the Starter Artist award through the National Theatre of Scotland.
Louise will be presenting her research and practice in public sharings in both Launceston and Sydney. For details of the event in Tasmania please contact Tasdance.
Louise Ahl | Sharing Presentation, Sydney. Friday 20 July, 5.30pm
Supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Scotland.