• AlgoMech 2016: Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss - The Machinery

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    The Machinery - Caroline Radcliffe (clogs) and Sarah Angliss (sound)

    "The Machinery" - revisiting dance from the nineteenth century imitating the sounds and movements of the factory floor by Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss

    To anyone interested in the relationship between music and automation, The Machinery is a fascinating work. Devised by women working in the Lancashire mills, the steps of this nineteenth-century ‘heel and toe’ clog dance directly mimic the repetitive sounds and movements of cotton mill machines. In the twentieth century, The Machinery survived as it was passed on by Pat Tracey and other dancers with family associations with the mill. Here, Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss take it back to its industrial context, as they juxtapose it with found sounds and video fragments from a working cotton mill and a telephone call centre. With thanks to staff at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire.

    Performed at AlgoMech festival Sheffield, November 2016
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