Joe Moran is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation. Tracks and Lines marks a new departure for Moran, presenting for the first time his drawings along with a newly commissioned sound piece.
Through simple line drawings, instructional maps and scores, figurative gestures and utilising a variety of material – ball-point-pen, graphite, crayon, felt-tip, pastel, charcoal and graphite, Tracks and Lines explores Moran’s ongoing drawing processes and the multiple ways in which it informs his choreography. Each different element builds to develop a powerfully and tightly balanced tension between abstraction and human presence.
In particular, the exhibition develops the highly specific choreographic directives of Moran’s dance work Singular into a set of line drawings and a new sound piece. Singular (2011) is a durational performance installation for two dancers whereby highly specific procedures complicate and problematise performers’ subjectivities and their negotiation of a conceptual and perceptual puzzle: the possibility of a single consciousness embodied in more than one form.
It is the same thought, the same feeling, the same idea, the same intention; it is the same thing. It may look the same – and at times it will. It may not look the same. But it is the same thing.
Letting go of initiating, letting go of following. Letting go of making choices to simply allow the same thing to occur simultaneously…
…the same thought, the same feeling, the same idea, the same intention occurring simultaneously.
The exhibition, Tracks and Lines, invites the audience to approach destabilising representation through a series of diagrammatic and perceptual propositions overlaid with audio instructions, heard as both a potential invitation to activate the space and a poetic description of movement.
Tracks and Lines allows the complex set of ideas embodied in Moran’s work to mutate across form and conceptual boundaries towards a set of performance directions for the audience themselves.
Joe Moran is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, through which his performance and curatorial work is produced. Moran’s work has been presented in theatres, galleries and public spaces in the UK and internationally gaining recognition for its ambition, complexity and intelligence.
Singular has been presented at David Roberts Art Foundation (Frieze, 2014) and Nottingham Contemporary (2014), and was also incorporated into A Setup, his collaboration with the sculptor Eva Rothschild at the ICA in London (June 2015), as part of both inaugural Block Universe festival and fig-2 programme.
Other works include The Modulated Body (2013) commissioned by Ordovas for Movement & Gravity, Bacon and Rodin exhibition, and The Place Prize (2013). Dance4 Associate Artist, Sadler’s Wells Summer University participant (2015-2019) and Affiliate Artist with C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University), Joe works extensively in the visual arts and is a guest artist at a number of institutions, currently at The Place and the Royal Opera House.
Read State22’s article on Collecting Performance, featuring Tracks and Lines at Gallery Lejeune, HERE.