Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus – Ellipsis Land
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 November 2017
Performances: Thu – Sat at 8pm
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Following the success of Pepa Ubera’s Wild Card event in Spring 2016, she returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio with a development of the duet Ellipsis Land, most recently performed at Tate Modern as part of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition Ten Days Six Nights in March 2017.
Ellipsis Land becomes a full evening of work premiering at the Lilian Baylis Studio from Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 November 2017. Bringing together movement, video and sound it is co-created by London-based dancers and choreographers Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus.
This dynamic and sensorial work is an opportunity to explore the relationship between the body and the technology surrounding it, the virtual and the physical realm. Ubera and Camus invite the audience to consider the body as a container of energy in a sensorial set up, heightening our perceptions. The work looks at how we’ve adapted the way we approach and apprehend our environment, embracing a new reality where our nervous system is in connection with the technological world we live ever more closely with.
Ellipsis Land features an original sound score by East London based sound artist Simone Salvaticci, creating an ambient immersive landscape, aiming to awaken unnoticed connections between the concrete and the digital worlds. The work also features lighting design by Antony Hateley and dramaturgy by Soren Evinson.
Originally from a classical background, Ubera trained in Spain before moving to London to study at London Contemporary Dance School. For the past ten years, she has worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with a variety of artists both in the UK and abroad (Nicola Conibere, Joe Moran, Jose Vidal, Yolanda Gutierrez). Most recently, she presented work at Tate Modern, NOW Gallery and Wilderness Festival (2017), Barbican Botanics Gardens (2016) Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015) and Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre (Mirror City 2014, in collaboration with TripSpace Projects). She performs and choreographs for 30 Bird Productions, Secret Cinema and with music band Bunty Looping (Battersea Arts Centre, 2015). In July 2015, Ubera was selected as one of 21 new participants to attend Sadler’s Wells Summer University over four years. Led by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, the programme is aimed at dance artists active in their field at the earlier stages of their career.
Between 2013 and 2015, Ubera was a core member of TripSpace Projects, an artist run dance space in East London, where she was one of the curators, helping launch the venue as a key place for innovation in the independent dance scene. In March 2016 Ubera curated Wild Card: The Palest Light, a night of performance at the Lilian Baylis Studio as part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for emerging dance talent. Ubera and Josefina Camus also presented work at The Tanks as part of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition earlier in 2017. Sadler’s Wells also presented a work in progress of Ubera’s latest project at Wilderness Festival in August 2017.
Camus is a Chilean dancer and choreographer now based in London. Through studies in literature and dance, she has developed her experience in dance, performance and visual arts in different countries, collaborating with local artists. Her live performances in Chile include Distancia 100 (2009) and La Fiesta de los Canibales (2012). In 2013 she moved to Paris, where she has been creating different projects such as Démensions (2013-2014), Silenthingks (2014) and Pair cussives (2015). Camus is currently finishing her master’s degree in Dance in Université Paris 8. She has been working and collaborating with Ubera since 2014.