Spirit Compass: Where there is movement there is change ← Performance ← Siobhan Davies Dance

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Spirit Compass: Where there is movement there is change
1–2 Feb 2020, 2.30–4.45pm

CONTINUOUS presents Lucy Suggate & Collaborators

Spirit Compass: Where there is movement there is change

As we all buckle under the weight of the collapsing system, can we slip through the cracks and re-integrate, repurpose and reorganise in order to be more-than-human?

Spirit Compass is a live dance installation, an island and a temple of sorts which you are invited to inhabit and watch the movement go by.

Premiering at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this new commission responds to the increasing crisis and complexity of the 21st century. It searches for a remedy or an antidote to the over-complicated, never-ending bureaucracy, and the sedentary environments and technologies that are submerging us.

Lucy Suggate is a dance artist and choreographer recognised for her articulate and engaging solo performances as well as group installations informed by elements of synchronicity, cooperation and believing performance to be a communal act.

Her work is routed in a movement practice which is an ongoing inquiry into the perceptual and physical expansion that occurs when engaged in durational moving and thinking. This work is often supported by sound and music that accelerates the process of altered states encouraging the body, the performer into heightened states of awareness, availability and articulation - it’s during this space that new constellations, ideas, patterns and possibilities emerge through the sifting.

Lucy Suggate has performed previously at BALTIC in 2018 with her solo Pilgrim

READ an Art Quarterly interview with Siobhan Davies and Lucy Suggate here.



Dance Artists: Annie Hanauer (Tramway only), Jamila Johnson-Small, Steph McMann, Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Isabella Oberländer, Claricia Parinussa and Rowdy SS
Musician: Tom Page
Costume Designer: Lydia Hartshorn



BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Fri 18 Oct, 7pm-9.15pm
Sat 19 Oct, 2.30pm-4.45pm
Sun 20 Oct, 2.30pm-4.45pm

Tramway, Glasgow
Sat 26 Oct, 4.30 – 6.30pm & 10pm - 11pm

Turner Contemporary, Margate
Fri 8 Nov, 7pm – 9.15pm
Sat 9 Nov, 2.30pm – 4.45pm
Sun 10 Nov, 2.30pm – 4.45pm

Nottingham Contemporary
Sat 1 Feb, 2.30pm – 4.45pm
Sun 2 Feb, 2.30pm – 4.45pm

Further tour dates and additional information about this performance will be released soon.


Commissioned by CONTINUOUS, a partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Siobhan Davies Dance, London.

Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by John Ellerman Foundation and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. With thanks to Dance Base, Wainsgate Dances, Yorkshire Dance, Cove Park, Harlequin Floors and Leeds Dance Partnership Fellowship


If you are interested in booking Spirit Compass for your venue, please email contact@siobhandavies.com for details.