ALL SYSTEMS… go

Opening Bracket / Closing Bracket:

An Object Lesson in Levitation

by JL Williams, performed on 17 February 2016 at Cooper Gallery

It was very special to have the opportunity to write and perform the new text

Opening Bracket / Closing Bracket: An Object Lesson in Levitation

at Cooper Gallery last week, and especially wonderful to work with the amazing team at the gallery and the dancers Jack Webb and Madira Gregurek.  It was my first experience collaborating with dancers in this way and though just a dipping of the toe in the water, it worked beautifully and I look forward to exploring this combination of forms again in future.

I hope you enjoy the text and recording, and additional details about the project, which you can find here.

Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Photographer: Kathryn Rattray

Dance & Poetry // ALL SYSTEMS… go

Dance by Jack Webb and Madira Gregurek

Poetry by JL Williams

Performed in response to ALL SYSTEMS… go in Cooper Gallery including works by Liam Gillick & Anton Vidokle, Dominic Watson and Miranda Pennell.

 

 

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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