Louise Ahl undertook a month of research in Australia, spending time at Tasdance, Launceston and Critical Path, Sydney. For this residency, Louise continued her research into alchemy and how a choreographic process can learn from alchemical methods of repetition, distillation and refinement. She also used the time to deepen her practice of using visual description for choreography and to experiment with how visual description can exist in and as choreography.
Louise connected with artists in Tasmania and Sydney, and spent a week collaborating with Sydney-based artist, Angela Goh whilst at Critical Path.
“For the Tasdance residency I was open to having local artists dropping into the studio as and when they were available… We mainly engaged through conversation and sharing of practice and I also led them through some movement experiments to test some existing visual description and to generate new… My highlight in connecting with other artists was the time in the Drill Hall with Angela Goh. This is where I felt that I could start interrogate and deepen the ideas that had started to form for new work with someone who I clicked with in terms of artistic practice.”
Louise Ahl is a Glasgow-based artist originally from Sweden, making experimental and choreographic performance work. She creates both solo and collaborative multi-art-form pieces under the guise of Ultimate Dancer.
Louise makes work around the metaphysical and mystical, using movement, voice, light, sonics and language. Her work has shown across the UK (including, but not limited to Southbank Centre and BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art), Ireland, Germany, France, USA and Australia and has been supported through Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Image credit: Louise Ahl Tasdance Residency 2018. Photo by Gabriel Comerford.