Rachel Davies.
Artist and Filmmaker.

+44 (0) 7957 186961.
rachel@racheldavies.com

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Rachel graduated with a 1st class degree and short animated film 'Room to Dream' which reached the London Film Festival in 1991. She then travelled to Hong Kong to gain experience on commercials and directed award-winning animation promos for MTV. Returning to the UK for an MA at the Royal College of Art, she has since been making her own film work - personal, accessible and emotionally-driven, mixing up genre and technique, to find new languages and to reach wide audiences.

Her extensive and eclectic career has encompassed a number of major collaborations with practitioners from other disciplines. Developing how film can interact with performance, her collaborators have included Robert Cohan, Erstaz Dance, H2 Dance and Akram Khan. She has two works on British Council touring collections.

Rachel has directed seven Channel 4 short film commissions with poets, dancers, musicians and performance artists, as well as a series of educational documentary promos for BBC / Open University, and numerous projected works for dance and theatre collaborations.

In 2001 Rachel was Associate Artist at The Place, developing her personal work within the context of dance and choreography. She gained ACE funding to make 'Gold', a short dance film about gymnasts, which was screened and broadcast on Channel 4 and around the world, and subsequently won a major international art prize, the IMZ Dance Screen Grand Prix in 2006.
The following year, 'The Assembly' a film installation about a girls choir, was commissioned for Manchester International Festival 07, receiving its premiere at Cornerhouse gallery Manchester, followed by Sadlers Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre London. She is currently distributing a single-screen version, funded by ACE.

In 2006/7 Rachel was John Thaw Fellow at Manchester University. She is senior lecturer and researcher at Kingston University, with whom she is currently involved in ‘The Art of Intervention’ – a research project on performance art in Japan.

Rachel is regularly asked to contribute to present workshops and at conferences on screen dance, in UK and abroad.

Her latest collaboration was as projection artist on 'Dear Body' with Protein Dance Theatre, which finished its national tour at QEH in April 09. She is currently working with them on their new piece ‘LOL’, and with Quarantine, for premieres in early 2011.

In 2007 she formed a company, Rachel Davies Film Ltd, with board members Bill Gee (Arts Admin), Emma Gladstone (Sadlers Wells) and Jules Hussey (Brazen TV).

In 2010 Sadlers Wells commissioned her to make ‘The Light Garden’, an interactive video environment for under 4’s, aiming to tour from mid 2011.

Currently she is working with funding from BDE to continue research on themes of family, for interactive film installation work for both adult and child audiences, concluding in Spring 2011.


PERSONAL WORK.

The Assembly (Film Version) ACE 2008-10
18 minute film. Premiere Kyoto Seika University Japan Nov 2009, Whatif festival: Siobhan Davies studios May 2010, festival distribution 2010/11

The Light Garden Sadlers Wells 2010
Interractive film camping and weather environment for under 4's in Lilian Baylis Studio.
Sadlers Wells Family Weekend April 2010

The Assembly Manchester International Festival / Sadlers Wells 2007
30 minute film installation - the artist's memory of singing in the Manchester Girls Choir in the early eighties.
Cornerhouse Gallery 3, Manchester July – Sept 07, Sadlers Wells Lilian Baylis Nov 07

A Time and A Place Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston 2004
Solo retrospective exhibition of films, incorporating site-specific performance / video piece based on a journey in suburbia, and limited-edition publication / DVD ‘Ten Wasted Years’
Reviewed in Leonardo Digital Reviews, Dance Theatre Journal (Autumn)

Gold ACE/Spectacle Prods Ltd 2004
10 min music-based dance film about female teenage experience, adrenaline, attitude and skill through the eyes of two budding Olympic gymnasts in a London suburb.
Major festivals & screenings include: ‘Reeldance’: Aus inc. Sydney Opera House, ‘Dance On Screen’: The Place, London, ‘VideoDance’: Athens, World Cup Gymnastics Championship Birmingham NEC, Science Museum London, Portobello Film Festival - Most Popular Film Award, Edinburgh Film Fest, Chicago Film Fest, Montreal Fest of New Cinema, Brno 16 Czech Rep: Honourary Mention, Tampere Film Fest, Finland, IMZ 2005 Grand Prix Dance Screen Award, screened at over 30 international film festivals.

We Got Old The Place. Lux Distribution 2002
10 min film shot in UK and Hong Kong, with choreographer Annie pui ling Lok
‘Dance on Screen’ The Place 02,Monaco Dance Forum 02, New York Dance film festival 03, Rio Dance Film Festival 03, Lux Open 03, Cambridge Film Festival 03, Brighton Festival 03, ‘Urban Outlooks’ bFi- Warsaw Contemporary Art Centre 03, ExPerimento Fest Philippines 04

So We Went Dancing… Distributed by CineNova. 2000
Short video - found footage and actuality voice, evoke a romantic time in the life of a very old woman.
‘Museum of Emotions’ South Bank 99. Handbags & Hardware, DNET Lux 00, Chisenhale 00, Brighton Media Centre Dec 00. Lux Pandaemonium 01. Stepping Out, DelaWarr Pavilion 01

Hong Kong To Hull 1999
Split-screen journey constructed from camcorder footage of Davies’s overland journey from Hong Kong to Hull, winter 1992. Bonington Gallery 99. Brighton Media Centre Dec 00

Work Royal College of Art 1995
Short experimental 16mm drama with animation, charting a young Northern woman’s experience of unemployment and alienation in London, and an encounter that causes a transformation of mood. International Film Festival screenings including Ankara, Edinburgh, Cologne, Latvia. TanecPraha, British Council expo 02

Love Letter Royal College of Art 1994
Short 16mm animation / live-action film-poem - a girl embarks on a journey. British Short Film Festival 95

Room To Dream Nottingham Trent University 1991
10 minute Live-action / animation surreal 16mm short about perceptions of home and identity.
London Film Festival 91. Angel Row Gallery Artist-in-residence 91. Ikon Gallery Touring’ 91.


COLLABORATION.

LOL (Lots of love) Protein Dance ACE 2010
Video projection for dance theatre piece about love and connectedness in the facebook era. 2011 national tour.

How To Catch A Star Polka Theatre 2009
Video projection for adaptation of Oliver Jeffers award-winning children’s book

Dear Body Protein Dance ACE 2008
Video projection for 80 min dance theatre production on body image.
National tour including QEH Spring 2009.

Freefall In The Moment of Perpetual Accident Barnaby Stone ACE 2006
Improvisation film devised by Barnaby Stone with performers Graeme Miller, Ansuman Biswas, Cathy Duggan and Sinead Rushe. Battersea Arts Centre 06, Stanley Picker Gallery ‘London Orbital’ Jun 06

Lap Of The Dogs Erzatz Dance Theatre ACE / AHRC 2006
Video backdrop for dance theatre production on issues of fear and masculinity and the latent dangers in waiting.
Regional Tour incl Bowen West Theatre Bedford and The Junction Cambridge Jan – Apr 06

Study Robert Cohan The Place 2005
A piece abpoiut fear with dancer Darshan Singh Buller
Robin Howard Dance Theatre ‘White Christmas’ Top 10 of 2005 - Sunday Observer (Jann Parry)

Art Of Travel Kadam Dance Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Film backdrop to 50 minute dance theatre production, inspired by Alain de Botton’s best seller. Edinburgh Fringe, Manchester Contact Theatre 05

24 Acts Of Arson Erzatz Dance AHRC 2002
Animation projection continuously integrated with dance performance exploring notions of narrative and self. ‘Skinshakers’ Purcell Room 02 ,’Moving’ Bedford Theatre 03 Upcoming tour

Dithering Heights H2Dance The Place 2002
Projected animation in performance taking the audience on a surreal journey.
Robin Howard Dance Theatre 02, National tour 2002-3

Truce Emanuelle Waeckerle 2002
Split screen video projection with performance / voice artist. ‘Rencontres Internationales’London, Paris, Berlin02, Leeds Experimental Music Fest, LuxOpen 03

Three Sketches The Place 2001
Short films with choreographers Jan de Schynkel, Robert Hylton & Darren Johnston.
Robin Howard Dance Theatre 01, Tanec Praha, British Council expo 02

Trips Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1999
Collaboration with writer Sarah Woods using video projection in promenade theatre piece about the discoveries of a group of young house mates on a mind-expanding night out.
2 week sell-out run. Reviewed by Michael Billington in The Guardian. Published Oberon Books.

Dividing Line Bug UK 1997
Animated backdrop video for Genesis world tour. Earls Court Arena, stadium venues worldwide


TV COMMISSIONS.

3 Minute Birth ACE / Channel 4 / Maverick. 2001
Witty dance & monologue film with choreographer / dancer Jo Parkes as a woman in her thirties contemplating the pressure she feels to have children.
Channel 4 Sept 01, Special Distinction ADF ’02, TanecPraha, British Council expo 02, Stage re-work - Kennedy Center, Washington USA.

Tales Of The Expected BBC OU 2000
Series of 6 x 5 minute programmes, using documentary and animation, highlighting the hidden application of mathematics in fun and everyday situations.
BBC2 Sept 00 & numerous repeats.

Per4mance - Loose In Flight Channel 4 / Wark-Clements. 1999
With Asian dancer-choreographer Akram Khan
Ch4 8pm Oct 99, Purcell Room 99.World Tour 99-02, British Council touring dvd ‘One Hundred Years of British Dance on Screen’,South Bank Show BBCOct02, Imagine BBC1 2008

Per4mance - Khooyile Channel 4 / Wark-Clements. 1999
With Indian dance-choreographer Mavin Khoo
Ch4 8pm Oct 99, Purcell Room 99, Dance on Screen -The Place 2000.

Per4mance - My Husband Is A Spaceman Channel 4 / Wark-Clements. 1999
With Japanese performer/singer Kazuko Hohki with Frank Chickens

Litpop – To My Feet & A Prophesy Channel 4 / Wark-Clements. 1998
2 Short films with performance-poet and musician Christopher Twigg.
Channel 4 July 98

MTV Promos StarTV HongKong 1992
Director of animated promos, titles & backgrounds.
‘Most Wanted’: Winner USA MTV Awards 9


ACADEMIC. RESEARCH. DEVELOPMENT.

British Dance Edition BDERP research - award to research and develop an interactive dance film installation with the intervention of the child audience. May 2010 – March 2011.

Kingston University. Senior Lecturer / Researcher – Graphic Communication
'The Art of Intervention' exchange project with Kyoto Seika University 2009-10

The Big Intensive Jerwood Studio – invited participant Dec 09
AHRC conference 'Kinesthetic Empathy' Manchester University.
Keynote speaker April 2009 & March 2010

Manchester University. John Thaw Fellow 2007- 09

AHRC small grant 2003 'Living Just Enough'

The Place. Associate Artist 2002
‘Talkback’ mentor : Advising on video in performance / dance film through The Place. 03
Dance Film Masterclass Leader. VideoDance Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus 2006.

Nottingham Trent University. Visiting Lecturer - Fine Art Film & Video.02
Wimbledon School of Art. Visiting Lecturer – Theatre Dept. 97-2000
Slade School of Fine Art. Teaching Assistant - Media Dept 96. ICA Workshop leader 01

MA RCA Animation. 1997 Thesis nominated for Penguin Book Award
BA (Hons) Nottingham Trent University Fine Art - 1st Class Thesis awarded Commendation
Margaret Bryan Travel Award for Hong Kong. 91

Foundation Art & Design. Distinction 87 - Stockport College of Technology
4 A-Levels - A,A,B,C. 9 O-Levels. Clarinet & Piano Grade 8. Gymnast.


REVIEWS. PUBLICATIONS.

Dance Theatre Journal : September 2010. 'Timelapse' article on 'The Assembly' by Sarah Wood.

Forward Motion : British Council dvd International touring 2009 onwards

Woman's Hour : Radio 4 article on 'The Assembly', July 07

Dance Theatre Journal : Autumn 2005. ‘Listening to the World’ Featured article by Arlette George.

Leonardo Digital Reviews : ‘A Time and A Place’ exhibition reviewed by Aparna Sharma
‘Digital Video Technology – Space and Time in the Exhibition Environment’ by Martha Blassnigg

Body Space and Technology Journal : Vol 05. Reviews. ‘We Got Old’ Film reviewed by Aparna Sharma.