Hamish, Martine and…Kurt

There are really three of us in this duet: Hamish, Martine and Kurt Schwitters, the German artist who worked in several media, including painting, sculpture, poetry, sound and graphic design. Born in 1887 and working largely after the First World War, Schwitters invented his own branch of Dadaism called ‘Merz’ that aimed to remove the boundaries between different arts.

“I pasted words and sentences together into poems in such a way that their rhythmic composition created a kind of drawing. The other way around, I pasted together pictures and drawings containing sentences that demand to be read.” — Kurt Schwitters

Twelve by Kurt Schwitters

Twelve. Taken from Rothenberg, J. and Joris, P. (eds) 2002. Kurt Schwitters: poems performance pieces proses plays poetics. Exact Change: Cambridge

When Martine introduced his number poetry to Hamish they were both so excited by its relevance to their work on Meeting Place. Above is a photograph of the poem Twelve and below you can watch Martine reading it. Continue reading

Contemporary dance and doing the numbers

Some coverage of Meeting Place today on the Humanist Life website:

Hamish and Martine will be premiering ‘Meeting Place’ on 10 January 2012 at The Place, London as part of Resolution!, a season of dance works by emerging choreographers. You can buy tickets online, Over the phone (020 7121 1100) or in person at The Place: Robin Howard Theatre box office, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY.

Thank you to Independent Dance

At a time when the thoughts of so many are with Gill Clarke and Independent Dance, we would like to thank this fantastic, generous institution and all the people who came to the Feedback Forum there last Friday 18th November and made the showing of our work in progress such a positive experience. We received so many thought-provoking, detailed comments about Meeting Place which will help shape our approach to the piece. Thank you!