Outlandish outfits and dance bring art to life

Compelling costumes and choreography inspired by the work of acclaimed artist Jenny Saville will be part of a one-off performance at a major Edinburgh gallery this weekend.

Fragments & Gestures: Performing Jenny Saville will feature BA (Hons) Dance students from Edinburgh College wearing outfits designed by Performance Costume Masters students at Edinburgh College of Art.

The students will perform original work – which explores ideas related to the body, performance, process and materials – alongside the inspirational artworks from Jenny Saville and several of her artistic peers.

Fragments & Gestures: Performing Jenny Saville

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

Saturday 5 May, 11am and 2pm. Each performance lasts 40 minutes

Free shows will take place at the

Contemporary art

Dancer Johanna Padron performs in front of work by Robin Rhode

Students were asked to respond to the methods in NOW, a series of six exhibitions which bring together the best of contemporary art in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

This third instalment features the work of Jenny Saville, Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald, and Catherine Street.

Drawing on all of the artists’ work, original outfits and choreography were created after an initial two-day workshop between the student designers and dancers.

Regular collaboration

The event is part of an ongoing relationship between Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh College and the National Galleries of Scotland. Previous work has been based on the art of Louise Bourgeois and Roy Lichtenstein.

Fragments & Gestures is supported by the Jenny Saville Foundation.

Related links

Performance Costume MFA

NOW at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Dance BA (Hons) at Edinburgh College