Gareth Chambers is a proud Welshman based in Cardiff. He works as a choreographer, dancer and writer. Gareth calls his work ‘Visual Dance’, which often sits neatly in a live art category, positioned well outside of a traditional theatre space, like in nightclubs and warehouses. His work is visceral, with a strong queer aesthetic that questions the ways in which bodies function in society, intersecting with gender, sexuality and class.
Gareth studied Masters Dance Theatre: The body in Performance course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has worked with Doris Ulrich, Tactile Bosch, Eddie Ladd, Marc Rees, Luke Pell, Cai Tomos, Ema Jayne Park, Siriol Joyner, Joon Dance and Wendy Houstoun. His work has been shown in Cardiff, Swansea, Melbourne, London and Berlin.
Gareth was awarded DanceWeb Scholarship to attend ImpluzTanz in Vienna. He recently concluded this intensive where he studied under Doris Ulrich, Ivo Dimchev, Keith Hennessy, Eroca Nichols, Libby Farr, Risa Steinberg, Salim Gauwloos and Guy Cools.
This year he was also one of the international artists at YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne. Gareth presented his work, Llaeth, which you will hear I could not pronounce. This work explores the idea of taboo around mother’s milk, ideas of masculine and feminine, alongside identity and self. Gareth also writes and edits for online dance magazine BELLYFLOP.
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This was a warm and authentic interview, which covered so much territory, from Queer art politics, dance and desire, goals and ambitions, through to ways of making dance work. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.
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Images from Llaeth
"It is easier to change an aesthetic rather than a physical form, so by having different bodies on stage you then start to change the aesthetic, which then starts to change peoples perspectives."
“the weirder you are the more unique you move, the more you are going to get hired for that role”
“I think when people are exposed to something, like queer dance or queer art, it can either trigger two things: it can firstly make them want to learn or understand it, or secondly, they refuse it because it scares them. I think both actions can trigger change.”
“Dance has that very exclusive possibility to express something physically, something that other forms aren’t able to express….watching a body go through some kind of negotiation, experience or sensation, which as an audience you can share”
"Being Indigenous now means you are influenced by not only your traditional heritage but by pop culture, western education, sexuality … there are so many things that influence us now as Indigenous peoples. So from my point of view, that’s where my work comes from, that point of diversity