Recipients of #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries announced
Some of Scotland’s leading dance organisations – Citymoves Dance Agency, Dance Base Scotland, Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre and Tramway – are pleased to announce the names of the twelve dance artists receiving the #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries, a unique programme of support for artists as they return to their practice post-lockdown.
After the success of #LoveDanceScotland Commissions, some of the country’s leading dance institutions and organisations have teamed up again to offer the #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries, highlighting the importance of working in partnership, and enabling artists to take the lead by designing their own recovery programme. #LoveDanceScotland is a nationwide programme of in-kind and financial support for Scotland-based professional dance artists, providing the time and space for them to re-engage with their creative practice after the very challenging 18 months.
Artists receiving the Bursary are devising and delivering a project either digitally or in-person which will take place between October and January 2022 with each project involving an element of audience engagement to help artists, audiences and venues reconnect after this period of separation. From supporting research and development to mental and physical recovery, from Joan d’Arc to domestic violence, from working in communities to forging new creative connections, the Bursaries are set to support twelve artists living and working in different areas of Scotland and at different stages of their careers. A total fund of £70,000 has been allocated
Below, a brief overview of the projects which have been allocated funding:
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Andre Anderson presents a new, interactive, intergenerational performance experience aimed at children under the age of 5: Playing Together. Visiting New Galloway’s CatStrand on 13 and 14 November, the show is about the power of play and its importance for everyone recovering from the effects of the global pandemic.
Aniela Piasecka shares her new work-in-progress, developing spatial strategies with two Scottish dance artists with experience of fibromyalgia/chronic pain as consultants and designing prototypes of soft sculptural structures with sculptor Paloma Proudfoot to create resting resources for prospective audience members.
Dance Ihayami and Priya Shrikumar present A Happy Namaste which will see them working with older Asian women to explore key moments in their migration to the UK using music, storytelling and movement. Priya will also create a new solo work alongside those created by the older dancers and bring in a live musician for a sharing or presentation of the works.
Grace Turner with TurnAround Dance Theatre present REignite (working title) - an aerial dance and theatre piece which focuses on how the pandemic has affected women’s views on their safety inside and outside of their homes, exploring themes such as coercive control, domestic abuse and female empowerment. Grace will lead an aerial dance workshop at Dance Base in January and a sharing on 14 January.
Jack Webb will be engaging in a 4-week solo project that focusses on the return to the dancing body, re-establishing his practice as a choreographer and dancer.
Jemma Steinis an independent artist who plans to work with 3 other artists from across Scotland on the theme of coming home, with the project also involving workshops and developing new work with a sharing at the end which takes place at Dance Base on 12 November.
Jenna Corker is interested in the thresholds and blending of barriers in nature, and between urban and natural spaces. She plans to spend time in coastal areas and forests around Scotland, exploring and collecting ideas to then work with pianist and composer Carla Sayers and actor and lecturer Stephanie Arsoka.
KAM-RI Dance Theatre
KAM-RI Dance Theatre plan to continue the digital and live preparation of their work KILL 'EM WITH LOVE - The Fury of ARI UP of THE SLITS to make it tour-ready with digital iterations. Directed by Kerieva McCormick and in collaboration with choreographer Adesola Akinleye.
Robbie Synge, based in Nethy Bridge in Badenoch & Strathspey, will be spending time moving and working with cameras on his own as well as continuing to build on audience opportunities that were interrupted by the pandemic.
Skye Reynolds plans to use the Bursary to continue developing the ideas that arose whilst creating her site-responsive, family-friendly piece called #trolleyscores and saints which was inspired by St Joan of Arc and shopping trolleys and will explore using text, movement and music.
Tess Letham focuses on improvisational performance, inspired by her training with David Zambrano. She will invite a collective of dancers to work collaboratively to share and discover each other’s practices and delve into conversations and creative activity that will develop the improvisational performance for this and future projects. Tess will share her work with audiences at Tramway on 5 December.
White & Givan
White & Givan will continue to progress their creative practice in the development of their new creation Grace, allowing time to maintain a high level of integrity.
Header image shows White & Givan, photo by Mikaela Bodlovic