A split second bullet injury constitutes traumatisation in extremis to body and mind in permanence. At the interface between choreographer and doctor, we explore the complexity of this deliberate, invasive act on the body. For her idiosyncratic approach to movement developed from the Authentic Movement practice, we invite Dr. Heavybody to join us.
The interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr Sara Chin and Athina Vahla began in 2005 and continues to this day ; ‘together we weave medicine and art into narratives’.
Dr. Sarah Chin
I am a doctor of 43 years standing. I worked in hospitals, in the community as a GP and with a medical charity. I am a doctor in the Tribunals Service hearing appeals against disallowance of Social Security Benefits. My interest in the body which is implicit in my chosen profession found expression in doing a Diploma in the Performing Arts (Dance) at Birkbeck College in my 6th decade. This initiated my understanding and appreciation of the totality of the language of the body. I have worked with Athina Valha on several projects. For me this work confirmed the common space that Medicine and Movement captures.
My work includes large scale site-specific projects such as the Opening of the Royal Festival Hall, the London Science Museum, the Tate Modern, Science Museum and my stage works the London Olympics 2012. Teaching includes the MA course of Performance and Design at Central St. Martin’s University of Arts, Trinity Laban and as a guest, the Place, Hong Kong Academy of Arts, The Brussels Ministry of Dance Education and the State School of Dance in Greece. I have created work for disabled artists through the companies, Candoco, Greaeye (UK) and Kyo (JP). I am currently an honorary research associate of the Drama Department of Rhodes University in South Africa, while undertaking a PhD by Public Works at Middlesex University.