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In 2008, Athina Vahla became the Science Museum's first ever Dancer in Residence. The focus of her residency was a performed response to Listening Post, by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, an acclaimed artwork which displays uncensored fragments of text, sampled in real-time, from public internet chatrooms and bulletin boards. Vahla created a series of movement vignettes repeated in a cyclical pattern. Through the live presence of the dancers, she tried to locate a sense of humanity in the symphony of disembodied voices and texts and to reflect the contrasts between communication and isolation, utterance and silence, the passing and the permanent, sender and receiver, and the fleeting moment of a thought upon a screen.
As part of her residency, Vahla hosted a five-day intensive dance workshop. During the workshop she worked with 12 participants to create a dialogue between past and present technologies through dynamic dance movement in the Making the Modern World gallery and in front of Listening Post.
Vahla's residency was supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Arts Service.
Athina Vahla (born 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist working as a choreographer and teacher who is producing critically acclaimed work across the UK and Europe. She concentrates on large-scale site-specific work that creates evocative environments for performers and audiences to inhabit and explore.
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