About IV

A celebration of movement within stillness, of stillness within movement, and a choreographic breath of fresh air

Writing About Dance

IV is part of a modular series of performances (II (2023), XII (2022), I I I (2021)) set within the world of SERAFINE1369's current body of work that considers cycles, time, divination and decomposition. The works emerge through a desire to create shows that are not perpetuating cycles of stress and burn out, instead centring what is t/here now.

A series of tableaux, a speaking clock that announces each passing minute and the sounds of a breaking storm create the scene for the work to fracture and unfold from stillness into moments of blissed out dancing and the fleeting meaning that emerges through proximity and relational landscapes.

The performers connect with the sensory and energetic capacities of their bodies to receive, through a detailed, meditative and expansive practice of constant movement and impossible stillness.


SERAFINE1369 is a London born and based artist, dancer and body-focused researcher working with dancing as a philosophical undertaking, a political project with ethical psycho-spiritual ramifications for being-in-the-world; dancing as intimate technology. They work with/in the context of the hostile architectures of the metropolis towards moments and states of transcendence.

Their practice is relational, cumulative and often collaborative and they work in various constellations, at different scales and in different roles to build spaces for communing/attuning/communicating. Spaces that might hold the complex, multiple and contradictory; spaces that consider movement and transformation as inevitable.

Their work prioritises listening and is responsive to the specificities of context, using movement as a tool for flattening hierarchies of perception between visible and invisible (felt/sensed/remembered) presences.


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Concept, choreography, direction: SERAFINE1369
Performance: Steph McMann, Darcy Wallace, Natifah White, SERAFINE1369
Sound Design: Josh Anio Grigg
Light Design: Josh Anio Grigg and SERAFINE1369
Production: Nancy May Roberts (Metal & Water)

Special thanks to Rachel Baker, Alexandrina Hemsley, Jane Frances Dunlop and Rosalie Doubal.

Commissioned by The Yard Theatre.