At the Riley Theatre
Bringing together sound, light, movement, film and visual imagery, Pneûma is a captivating exploration of the poetics of breath.
The Pneûma Project is an ongoing collaboration between dance artist Miranda Tufnell, visual artist David Ward and musician Sylvia Hallett.
An early performance of the work took place in Oxford’s Natural History Museum, and further sharings have been held in galleries, churches, empty found spaces and studio theatres. Drawing on her experience working for the NHS as a body therapist, Tufnell creates a beautiful and immersive experience.
Miranda Tufnell trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the Cunningham Studio in New York, and was a pioneer of ‘New Dance’, working closely with Rosemary Butcher. She has formed long-term collaborations with musicians and artists including Denis Greenwood, Sylvia Hallett, Tim Head, Stuart Brisley and David Ward, becoming known for her site-specific events and mixed-media dance pieces. Miranda has also trained as an Alexander teacher and Craniosacral therapist within the NHS, and co-authored two handbooks titled Body Space Image and A Widening Field with Chris Crickmay.
Sylvia Hallett works as an improviser and composer, using violin, accordion and other instruments alongside sound-processing pedals. She plays in the London Improvisers Orchestra and has previously played for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Alongside collaborations with Emilyn Claid, Jacky Lansley, Eva Karczag and H2Dance, she recently created a piece with David Toop, Alasdair Roberts and Luke Fowler for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
A graduate of Wolverhampton College of Art and Winchester School of Art, David Ward’s works include paintings, installation, photography, sound, dance and performance. Ward has been Artist in Residence at King’s College Cambridge, Harvard University and Durham Cathedral, and was a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. Recent solo exhibitions include Slow Time at the John Hansard Gallery, RINK – a drawing floor, shown at Ambika P3 at the University of Westminster, and The Camera Lucida Variations at QUAD in Derby.