Katharina Arnold and James Whittle: Touch tales

Arnold and Whittle present their first collaborative work, currently in development. The collaboration grew out of first working together as artists in residence at the 2014 Impossible Lecture Retreat at Beacons Festival. They connected through their interest in interdisciplinary work that challenges common perceptions of their respective artistic disciplines. This event will begin with sharing a full performance of their work, followed by a talk and discussion.

Touch tales blurs the typical roles of dancer and musician in order to examine different forms of touch.

“If the cello had hands it would play itself. Since it has none, it lies there alone having only one wish: to be played, to sound, to sing, to do what it is supposed to.”

What makes touch loving, embracing, manipulative, neglecting, abusive? Does the cello want to be played? Is it used without its permission – does it provoke with its curves? In this piece, a series of interweaving stories about touch reflect on the consequences of actions.

“I know how to touch you, I know what you’ll sound like. Tell me what you want. I’m listening.”

Katharina Arnold completed her MA in Performance at Leeds Beckett University in 2014. Originally from Austria, she came to the UK in 2013, and during her studies collaborated continuously with artists from the Yorkshire region. Her current practice incorporates her music and dance education into performance.