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dance house glasgow's Creative Labs

Creative Labs provide practical support for established and emerging artists to explore ideas, methods and collaborations. During a Creative Lab they will also receive artistic mentoring and may be invited to offer open professional class.  Labs usually culminate in an informal sharing on the last day of the project. Artists can benefit from in kind space, contribution towards expenses, a critical response process (CRP) , additional marketing, and the chance to share work with the Glasgow dance community. They are a valuable part of professional development.

Dance House Glasgow is  currently looking to support a number of artists in their creation process and the programme is open to notes of interest. Please get in touch with Lottie (lottie@dancehouse.org) with a short blurb about the project you are working on and we will get back to you with more information about what support  is on offer this year and the application process. 

2017/18

Melanie Broomes V/DA | Grin

September 2017

Grin inverts the continued colonial narratives of black bodies and Caribbean dance styles being solely hyper-sexualised and eroticised. Grin is a celebratory performance, inviting you into the carnival. 

Mele’s work is mediated through Sound (Sculpture), Dance (Rhythm) and Light. Her focus begins with Rhythm and Movement and its potential to undermine (Colonial) Hierarchies of Power. Through research into the Politics of Movement within the African Diaspora, Grin will explore how sound and dance are translated. This provocative production will examine what it means when this translation is displaced and absorbed by the spectacle. 

Mele will perform in the work alongside emerging dancers who have come through the Project X programme. www.projectxplaform.co.uk 

“Grin is still a work-in-progress, but already the interaction between her dance and lighting – with a gradual reveal of the West Indian roots of her movement – is utterly absorbing.” Mary Brennan, The Herald. 

www.variousdanceartists.co.uk 

Tamsyn Russell | Scene Stealer

September 2017

During this creative Lab Tamsyn and dancers will use this time to continue the research and development for a new work. 

Scene Stealer is an exploration into the idea of: individuals/groups of people creating different worlds/atmospheres/scenarios which continually get interrupted by a new scene. Exploring their different upbringings, values and experiences within a group setting, we will examine what it means to be individuals as part of a group. 

Also supported by: Creative Scotland, Dance Base, The Space Dundee and Eden Court

Image: Susan Hay

 

Katie Armstrong | HAND//SHAKE

December 2017

HAND // SHAKE is a short site specific duet which explores the complexity of the first movement of Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor.  The piece is inspired and driven by the pulse of the music, and manifests itself as a meeting between two characters.  It is a light-hearted look at status, hierarchy and social etiquette between acquaintances. 

Katie will use this residency to continue to explore the themes raised in HAND//SHAKE.

 

Adam Sloan |  tbc

January 2018

Adam Sloan  is a dance artist  who performs with Indepen-dance 4, during his Creative Lab Adam will continue to develop his first piece of choreography with the three other dance artists in Indepen-dance 4.

The piece will explore the theme of  a group of people going on a journey together for the first time and the individual quirks of each person as they get to know each other over the course of the journey and what friendships develop.

Adam has invited George Adam to be his mentor in this project. George has created work that Adam has performed in previously but this will be the first time that they have worked in this way together. They first worked together on the European project that George choreographed bring dancers from 4 countries. Adam admired how George worked with such a large cast and how he brought the company together to create the work that all the performers felt confident in. George will be a sounding board, supporting Adam to bring clarity in how he communicates with the dancers and how to manage the studio time through observing and feed backing.

Adam hopes that this project will develop his choreographic skills and progress his career has a choreographer as well as developing as a more rounded dance artist able to work in different contexts as a maker, performer and teacher.

 

Rosalind Masson | Mus Ro Faclan or Before Words

January 2018

Mus Ro Faclan Ann or Before Words is the working title for the development of a dance performance influenced by the landscape, language and culture of the Outer Hebrides, in particular Uibhist a Deas /South Uist. The root of the word choreography comes from the greek, khoreia (chorus or band of dancers) and graphein (to write). Mus Ro Faclan Ann is an attempt to write or record movement that is in dialogue with a people and place. What can a Gaelic reading of the landscape reveal that otherwise remains hidden? How can the body serve as a medium to that which cannot otherwise be expressed in words? During this residency Rosalind will be developing the visual and sonic elements of this piece in collaboration with Jer Reid and Rob Jones. 

Photo credit: Brian Hartley

 

Ewan Downie | Achilles

January 2018

Glasgow’s acclaimed Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie. Fusing storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is the story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out
of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity. Achilles grew out of a period of focussed research into
the relationship of words and movement in performance, funded by Creative
Scotland. This Dance House residency is the last stage of development of the
show prior to performances at the Citizens Theatre and manipulate Visual
Theatre Festival.

Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre
company, led by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky. We make performance by
experiment, using elements of theatre, dance, music and improvisation to craft
unique and compelling pieces that speak directly to the times in which we live.

Achilles is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland

In association with Dance House, Platform,
Citizens Theatre, manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, and Puppet Animation Scotland

 

David Banks | work tbc

Lucy Wilson and Kajsa Lundahl | work tbc

 

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