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Wild Site Dance
Credits: Harmonic Fields, Pierre Sauvageot, Inside Out Festival, photo: Roy Riley
Landscape dance residency, led by Rosemary Lee, for professional choreographers.
The Island of Portland, Dorset, September 16-17-18 inclusive
Part of the Inside Out Dorset Festival, Associate Programme, produced by Activate Performing Arts
About Inside Out Dorset Festival
Since 2005 the Inside Out Dorset Festival has presented high quality, large-scale, outdoor arts events to more than 100,000 people. Inside Out Dorset brings together incredible artistic work and combines it with beautiful, inspiring, Dorset locations. It is a wholly managed project of Activate Performing Arts and is guided by an advisory group of Dorset arts promoters and learning organisations, founded by Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium in 2001. It is core funded by Arts Council England as part of Activate Performing Arts being a National Portfolio Organisation. The co-Artistic Directors are Kate Wood and Bill Gee.
Rosemary is a choreographer, performer and director. Over the past 25 years, she has created works that are resonant with humanity whether it be her live performances, which are often site specific and involve a cross-section of the community (both professional and non professional dancers), or her short dance films. Much of her previous work explores our relationship with our environment, fusing rural contexts, backdrops and soundscapes in her films, installations and her theatre and large-scale live performances.
“Evanescent. The result was complete, unselfconscious magic. Beautifully realised and transporting.”
Donald Hutera, Arts Correspondent, The Times, on Common Dance and Square Dances
Wild Site Dance is a choreographic residency project that will be facilitated by internationally renowned choreographer Rosemary Lee and sited in the landscape in Portland, Dorset. Participants will be professional choreographers who more regularly present work in theatres or theatre-like outdoor spaces. This residency will inspire and support the participants to develop high quality outdoor and landscape dance.
Wild Site Dance is a choreographic residency project that will be facilitated by internationally renowned choreographer Rosemary Lee and sited in the landscape in Portland, Dorset. Participants will be professional choreographers who more regularly present work in theatres or theatre-like outdoor spaces. This residency will inspire and support these dance artists to develop high quality outdoor and landscape dance. It aims to:
- Begin to define and develop the characteristics of landscape dance; explore the delight and challenges of working outdoors in the landscape.
- Support choreographers to explore their own practice in this field, both conceptually and practically.
- Inform Activate in developing strategies to support further landscape dance work to be created performed
- Develop links between choreographers and other opportunities (outside of this residency) for the development and presentation of high quality landscape dance.
This is a fully funded residency. All costs for the residency, including fees, accommodation and catering are covered. Each artist will also receive up to £100 to cover travel expenses. Please note that accommodation is in a Youth Hostel, dormitory style. In the event of artists with access needs we will work with you to make bespoke arrangements.
We ask that each participant keep some kind of diary or creative documentation over the weekend so that information can be shared with our networks and with other festivals and outdoor programmers.
How to apply
This opportunity is for artists who make and perform professional work. Please apply by:
- submitting a one page statement on why you would like to take part and how participation in this residency might impact on your plans for developing your performance work in the future;
- providing your website address and/ or links to film of your work and your CV;
- confirming that you can attend for the whole of the residency.
We are happy to accept applications in other formats such as video if a written application is difficult or not possible – e.g. from deaf or disabled artists or people with dyslexia.
A specific budget is available to support access requirements and we encourage proposals from deaf and disabled artists.
Deadline, 5pm Friday 5th August.
Selection, Friday 12th August.
Applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Activate is core funded by Arts Council England, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole.
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