Brazilian Artist At Tate

Its was September may be even august 1995 and I was excited to be asked to get involved in this great project with renowned Brazilian Artist Valeska Soares

Swirl – by Valeska Soares at Tate Liverpool “A large mirrored ballroom, illuminated by sparkling chandeliers and activated by the confident and coordinated movement of dancers”.

The project lasted quite a few months and started initially travelling around my home town “Liverpool” with Valeska and my dance partner for the project Mr Keith Jones, lecturing and dancing to promote the Tate’s Biennial exhibition and Valenska’s Instillation SWIRL. After which we had 5 months of Keith and myself and some pupils from the school dancing in the fabulous Ballroom, Valenska has created with in the Tate. The climax was  a series of dance workshops.

I remember how it was exciting meeting Valeska and working in the Tate and how very interesting watching the instillation being installed. I love working with Keith though 4 hours of Rumba to the “look of love” can make you a little brain dead by the end. And I’m sure I trod on his toes on more then one occasion.

We had a brilliant day filming for the Tim Marlow art show on Channel 5 If my memory serves me right, and another day a class of local children came and did their school work while we dance around them

I’m sure fun will be had by all I know I loving the experience.

 Valeska Soares

Valeska Soares was born in Belo Horizonte Brazil. in 1957,  Having taken a Bachelor of Architecture at Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janiero, in 1987, she completed a postgraduate diploma in the History of Art and Architecture from the Pontificia Universidade Católica three years later. She presented her first solo exhibition in 1991 at Rio’s Espao Cultural Sérig Porto and was awarded a Coordenao de Aperfeioamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) fellowship from Brazil’s Ministry of Education.

She moved to New York in 1992, and became a Doctor of Arts Candidate at the New York University School of Education and had her first New York solo exhibition at the Information Gallery there, She is now a renowned Artist and has worked all over the world.

Picture Me and Keith