Gerry’s work challenges notions of physicality: sensitively designing temporary alliances to the surroundings.
She uses juxtaposition of bodies in different spaces to create unfamiliar presence in familiar surroundings.
The work of Turvey World Dance mediates relationships between body as site and the body in sites, to frame place, time and location.
Gerry has contributed to projects in many parts of the world. This has included a year in South Africa with ReMix Dance Company, also projects in Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, and America. In Europe she has worked extensively in Switzerland.
Turvey World Dance collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, musicians and dancers to draw on the expansive vocabulary generated by co-creation to develop intimate and immersive works.
Gerry’s work has been seen in a wide range of art galleries, using art works and exhibitions as a starting point for movement. She has developed work and projects at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Whitworth Manchester, Graves Sheffield, Leeds Art Gallery; Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Mcb-a Switzerland and Iziko National Gallery, South Africa.
The way the dancers inhabited the space made me feel a part of the fabric of the performance. I haven't seen anything quite like that in an art gallery
She is also an experienced community dance artist and spent and seven years with Hoot Creative Arts (Huddersfield) for users of the mental health service, and worked extensively with in integrated dance practices with people who have a range of disabilities.
I was impressed by the great and creative work you accomplished. I was touched by the authenticity. I liked the way you ‘live and wear’ the spaces
Gerry’s practice is based in community partnerships and local culture. Her work is interdisciplinary, and brings people together to experience and witness positive physical participation.
Gerry also teaches yoga classes at The Yoga Space Leeds.