‘Body Stories’ maps dancer Gerry Turvey’s  journey of injury, through the threading and weaving of the different art forms, acknowledging how physical trauma has created her personal body story. The Body Stories project developed over a two year period in artist residencies at Huddersfield Art Gallery ( November 2013),  as part of the Space, Time, Tools, Advice scheme at IOU Theatre Space, Halifax, ( August 2013), and  The MillSpace at Leeds Industrial Museum (2012). She was joined by collaborators;  Roger Bygott (visual art) June Gersten Roberts (film) and Vanessa Grasse (choreographic direction)

2015 Following further invasive investigation into breast tissue last autumn Gerry is exploring the ideas and concepts behind the journey through our physical and personal landscape. These are some images from a playful time together with her collaborators June Gersten Roberts and Roger Bygott.

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2014 Body Stories will start a new project in Lausanne Switzerland in Aug this year in collaboration with Manivelle Theatre en Movement. Saturday Aug 30. Gerry will run a workshop on the themes and ideas from the Body Stories Project. For more information contact

IMG_5320 2013  Thanks to artists Hannah Leighton Boyce and Daliah Toure and Nicola Forshaw for their input into that process.

Thank You also to our Funders: Arts Council England, Kirklees Council, IOU, Edgehill University

TURVEYWORLD Dance @Huddersfield Art gallery. Residency and performances Oct 21-Nov 9th 3013.

To see the film of the performance please click here:   http://vimeo.com/86773888 We would welcome your comments about the ideas the collaboration or your own body stories.

HAGThe residency was amazingly successful, with all the performances full, and many visitors to the gallery during the weeks we were in residence. Gerry Turvey (performer and Artistic director) was in collaboration with Roger Bygott (visual art) June Gersten Roberts (film) and Vanessa Grasse (direction) was a very rich and creative team of artists. We worked intuitively and responded to the work of each discipline to discover new and exciting outcomes

People who visited the gallery added to the installation by writing their own body stories on luggage labels and hanging them in the space.

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The workshops were well attended and added to the choreography as well as being so much fun IMG_6641 workshopsComments and feedback was all positive and moving too

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The continuing story of Body Stories……

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The final part of Bodystories will be will be a residency at Huddersfield Art Gallery from Oct 28th to Nov 9th 2013.  The collaboration will continue with visual artist Roger Bygott, film maker June Gersten, with choreographic direction from Vanessa Grasse. Together they will play with the juxtaposition of dance, visual art, and film. In addition Daniel Weaver will compose a sound score for the installation.

Participants in workshops and visitors to the gallery will be invited to share their body stories.

Performances Fri Nov 8th @ 6pm. Sat Nov 9th @ 2pm FREE

Artists Talk Weds 30 Oct 12.30

Workshop Weds 30 Oct 1.30-3.00

All events are FREE  Limited places – Booking essential 
To book contact Ruth Gamble   ruth.gamble@kirklees.gov.uk
Tel: 01484 221964

To see a short film of the residency from 2012 go to


To view the slide show of the residency and performance in 2013 @IOU
https://vimeo.com/72181786       https://vimeo.com/73040042


August 2013 1st week in the Residency at IOU in Halifax

Gerry is in residence at IOU Theatre Space in Halifax, from the end of June to mid August. She is working with Film maker June Gersten Roberts and artist Roger Bygott.

A really brilliant first week with much discussion, play and development of previous ideas.  The IOU team have been fantastic in their support, thoughtful feedback and generosity. the space is amazing and inspiring to be in.

Here are some Photos that Roger took, from the play together in the space.

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     Sharing of the residency August 15th        6pm, all welcome


 me + film

Gerry will run a body Stories workshop at

                               Whitworth Art Gallery 

Manchester. This is for people over 50, and will  culminate in a sharing of images and performance work.

  Workshop Sat 31 Aug 11am ~ 3.30pm

to book please contact the gallery

 0161 275 7450

Watch this space for further developments, or send your ideas and thoughts to this blog

Also see Gerry Turvey’s web site  www.turveyworld.co.uk

Aug 10 + 11 were our public performances. We had modest numbers to see the event, but those who came seemed to be really engaged and gave some brilliant feedback about the work and the process. it was really good to share our ideas and put everything into a framework.


So, sadly… that is the end of our residency at The MillSpace. Its been really brilliant, to have the space and time to get together and explore our different art forms. We felt like a good collaborative team, and plan to get together again next year for more play and development of our ideas

We’ve been playing with so many  ideas, using the movements for drawing, and then using the drawings as a score for the choreography. Trying out different ways of projecting the film onto different surfaces, and moving infront and behind the image

We’ve been able to keep trying out ideas right up until the performance, so the show will be   raw, but very fresh.

          Body Stories residency at the Millspace, Armley Mills, Leeds 

July/August 2012

From 16th July  until the 11th August Gerry Turvey will be in residence at the MillSpace Armley Mills.

Gerry Turvey has been working in dance for over 30 years. During the residency the artists will map the effects of injury  and the ageing process in her body. This residency is an opportunity to explore the process of that journey.

Set in this landscape of a former textile Mill; The MillSpace becomes a perfect background for weaving the threads of her story ~ interlacing the movement, film and visual art. This will culminate in a personal and intimate performance.

Throughout the four week residency, Gerry will be working with Film maker, June Gersten Roberts, Daliah Toure, Choreographer, and Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Visual artist.

The residency will close with two (free) performances on Friday 10th August at 6pm & Saturday 11th August at 2pm with live music from Nicola Forshaw

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills                                                        

Canal Road


LS12 2QF

0113 263 7861