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Dancing with paint

Saturday 29 January 2022 / 12.00pm — 12.30pm

Free, no need to book 
These dance responses take place in Betsy Bradley’s exhibition Chasing Rainbows.
Each response begins at a different location in the exhibition.

Friday 14 January: 4pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 29 January: 12pm – 12.30pm
Friday 4 February: 3pm – 3.30pm
Saturday 12 February: 2pm – 2.30pm

“For me painting is like a dance between myself and the materials, which are in direct conversation with my body, mind and their movements.” Betsy Bradley

In this series of improvised performances, dancers Fern Grimbley and Chanda John respond to Betsy Bradley’s exhibition Chasing Rainbows. Taking place in the gallery, each performance features either Grimbley or John interpreting the vibrant colours and sculptural forms of Bradley’s paintings through movement, drawing on the artist’s approach to painting as “a dance between thought and action.”

Chanda John is a dancer from Birmingham who has trained in and takes influence from various street styles such as hip-hop, house, vogue and ballet. She is currently focused on her own choreography, as well as “heels”, a feminine style of dance that involves executing complex movements in high-heeled shoes. John leads classes and teaches heels workshops, encouraging and empowering dancers of all backgrounds to explore their sensuality, musicality and confidence. Recently she has been working in art spaces and galleries, using her intuitive freestyle movement to accompany the physical work of visual artists in Birmingham.

Originally from York, Fern Grimbley trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance on the BPA course, where she continued her training with the Post Graduate company Verve. Having gained her Masters, she has toured internationally and nationally with pieces created by Matthew Robinson, Hannes Langolf, Lenka Vagnerova and Sita Ostheimer. As a freelancer, Grimbley has worked, performed and collaborated with various artists and companies including Northern Rascals, Mathieu Geffre, Company Nil, Extended Play, and Jack Philp. She was also the lead dancer and actor in the art film Quarantaine (2021) by Georgina Starr and Prep Bands music video Carrie (2020), and has featured in music videos for Mykki Blanco x Dazed x Gucci, Emily Burns (‘Is It Just Me’, 2020) and the short film Limelight (2020).