Tender Balance - Leeds International Festival
#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019

2 - 12 May
10:00 - 19:00

Tender Balance

Exploring the impact of illness and disability on identity, through dance.

There is still a stigma around illness and disability, and a lot of the time people and their families lack the language to describe what is happening to their identity.

Through an intimately choreographed dance and complementary video and sound installation, Annabel Taylor Munt’s Tender Balance explores the effects of illness and disability on masculinity and femininity.

It is a project aiming to open-up the conversation around the topic through artistic expression. The project was developed through an open dialogue with communities in Leeds, who shared their experiences on the subject through a collection of notes on self, moments of grief and stories of survival. The dance was choreographed to express and reflect upon these dialogues, and five dancers will reflect on the experiences shared here, and the expectations of the hyper-masculine and feminine human body through history, the media and art, in this unique performance. A video and sound installation is exhibited alongside a live dance performance.

Event partners


2 - 12 May 10:00 - 19:00
Free (no tickets required)
Victoria Leeds

Annabel’s work investigates hyper-masculine spaces and their positions in society; she re-interpret these environments by abstracting and reconfiguring how they are engaged with to create new forms and interaction through movements.

Having graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2018, previous exhibitions include: ‘MOD’ at Copeland Gallery, London and ‘Environment Keeps Happening’ at the Geffrye Museum, London.

Upcoming projects include an exhibition and series of performances working with Leeds Town Hall and artist James Thompson supported by the Arts Council as part of the artist-led Yorkshire Sculpture International programme, to be shown in the former Bridewell prison under Leeds Town Hall in June 2019. The work explores the boarders in association with the courthouse and the former prison. In August 2019, Annabel will be artist-in-residence at Hospitalfield Arts, Scotland.