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Artistic collaboration produces The Ultimate Form

Press release date 
Mon 14 Jan 2013
Kenneth tindall, Linder Sterling, Pam Hogg & Northern Ballet dancers. Photo Darren Goldsmith.
Kenneth Tindall - photo Simon Lawson

Artist Linder Sterling is to present a new, dynamic performance work entitled The Ultimate Form, a fusion of dance, music, fashion, art, sculpture and landscape at The Hepworth Wakefield.

The centrepiece is a short ballet choreographed by Northern Ballet’s award-winning choreographer Kenneth Tindall, styled by British fashion designer Pam Hogg, (who is designing for dance and for men for the first time), and performed by Northern Ballet dancers to a musical score by Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum.

Kenneth’s ballet performance will debut at Linder’s retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris in on 31 January, ahead of the world premiere of The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 11 May 2013.

Linder Sterling (b. 1954, Liverpool, UK) has been working with the principles of collage for over three decades: from her two-dimensional work on the late 1970s iconic Buzzcocks posters and record sleeves, to more recent collages presented in light-boxes.

Her exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield (16 February - 12 May 2013) will feature collage into two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional light-box sculptures. The exhibition will culminate in a major new performance piece entitled The Ultimate Form on Saturday 11 May 2013 will bring together multiple collaborators and participants “to develop a creative Esperanto” that uses elements from the key collaborators: Northern Ballet, Leeds; Stuart McCallum of Cinematic Orchestra; British fashion designer Pam Hogg; Wakefield City Soul Club and South Asian Arts UK.

Designer Pam Hogg working with Northern Ballet dancers. Photo Darren Goldsmith.

These elements are all derived from research into Barbara Hepworth over the past three years. Linder re-encountered the work of Hepworth while participating in The Dark Monarch exhibition at Tate St Ives in 2009 and has pursued this in relation to both Hepworth’s sculpture and the tenacious conceptualisation of Hepworth’s artistic identity. The research conducted has resulted in significant areas of interest: the use of strings in sculpture and music; the importance of dance to Hepworth who practiced ballroom dancing and whose final studio was in an old dance hall: and the use of sound - sculpture as a form of ventriloquism for Hepworth and in performance through producing noise to be experienced somatically.  Each of the collaborators, performers and participants has been approached because of their specific relation to, or existing interest in, these key themes.

Hannah Bateman, Jessica Morgan & Victoria Sibson. Photo Darren Goldsmith. Northern Ballet dancer Jessica Morgan in a Pam Hogg prototype costume. Photo Darren Goldsmith.

Spring 2013 (16 February – 12 May 2013) sees The Hepworth Wakefield present three separate, but linked, exhibitions by artists Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Linder.  All three artists have engaged with and referred to the legacy of Barbara Hepworth as part of the process of making new works for their exhibitions at the gallery. Light-boxes, collage, sculptures made from everyday objects and ambitious installations are among the diverse practices employed by each artist to explore various representations of the human body.

Please note all costumes in these pictures are prototype in nature and not necessarily representative of the final work.

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