Dance & Poetry

Heading through for this soon… can’t wait!  I’ve been wanting to explore poetry and dance for ages.  Do come along if you’re near the Silvery Tay.


Cooper Gallery would like to invite you to join us for an evening of Dance & Poetry that will further explore the ideas and propositions presented in our current exhibition ALL SYSTEMS… go through experimental dance and performance poetry.

Dance & Poetry
Experimental Dance by Jack Webb & Madira Gregurek
Performance Poetry by JL Williams
Wednesday 17 February, 6.30 – 8.00pm 

Inserting the body, through physical and aural presence, into the mobile systems we operate within and around, Cooper Gallery presents an evening of experimental dance and performance poetry in response to ALL SYSTEMS… go. Drawing attention to the performativity of the body and speech, elements present within the three moving-image works in the exhibition, this event explores the fictionality of these systems and their institutional counter-parts.

Widely respected dancers Jack Webb and Madira Gregurek will present their new performance AN END, devised as a direct response and rebellion to the systems drawn attention to by the exhibition ALL SYSTEMS… go. Seeking to transcend the physical codes and languages expected of our bodies, Webb and Gregurek perform a reinvention of the politics of the body, its behaviour and movement.

Edinburgh based poet JL Williams will deliver a sequence of new poems in a live performance amongst the moving image art works and architecture of ALL SYSTEMS… go. Acting as a prelude and epilogue to the evening, Williams‘ new piece Opening Bracket / Closing Bracket: An Object Lesson in Levitation vocalises her reaction to the choreography of the exhibition and the Dance, into the event.

For more information on the event, please visit our event page:

If you would like to attend the Dance & Poetry event please RSVP via eventbrite here.

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Categorized as Poetry

By jlwpoetry

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.

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