Melanie Manchot – Dance (All Night, Paris), 2011

<p><em>Dance (All Night, Paris)&nbsp;</em>focuses on the act of dancing in public and examines a range of meanings embedded in dancing as a collective experience. Collective dancing is intrinsic and indigenous to all civilisations, including our own western cultures. As Barbara Ehrenreich points out in her incisive study ‘Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy’ (2007) communal forms of celebration and dancing are powerful rites that connect the individual to both a sense of self and a possible sense of belonging. From the medieval dance manias sweeping across Northern Europe, to the more recent ‘mobile clubbing’ networks there are many examples where dance takes on subversive qualities, challenging both social codes of behaviour and the regulation of public space. </p> <p></p> <p><em>Dance (All Night, Paris)&nbsp;</em>brings together ten forms of dancing, from Tango and Waltz to Hip Hop and Rock, occupying one space side-by-side, simultaneously, creating a multiplicity of movements and rhythms. Performed by amateur dancers on silent sound systems and filmed on three cameras the work both observes and creates a space where coherence and dissonance briefly coexist.</p> <p></p> <p></p><p><em>Dance (All Night, Paris)&nbsp;</em>has been exhibited internationally and one edition is in the collection of the Fonds Municipal de la Ville de Paris.</p><p></p> <p></p> <p>–</p> <p></p> <p>Since 1997 Melanie Manchot (born 1966, Witten, Germany) has exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Pasquart, Biel (2019), MAC/VAL, Paris (2018) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2016), fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), Toronto Photography Festival (2012), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010). Her work is included in important public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, Government Art Collection, London, FMAC, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Paris and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award. The artist lives and works in London.</p>