Transform Festival Residency Programme

by sophieinkster on February 24, 2015

Are you a West Yorkshire based artist working in the field of live performance?

Are you interested in participating in a four-day residency workshop taking place between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance, working with a range of artists, an experienced facilitator and focused on global concepts and ideas?

Would you like to make new relationships with international artists, spark cross-cultural collaborations, and develop your practice?

If this sounds interesting to you, then why not make an application for the Transform Residency Programme?

This opportunity will pilot a new Leeds based international residency programme. Facilitated by Transform and working in partnership with key arts partners in the city, a future residency programme will enable local artists to develop their practice and spark collaborations with international counterparts. The pilot will invite a small pool of West Yorkshire based artists to participate in a four-day workshop with international collaborators, guided by an experienced facilitator and featuring an intensive workshop led by a guest international artist.

Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 April 2015
Between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance

To Apply
This opportunity is being tailored for artists who are at a particular point in their careers. To be eligible, you will have created or participated in at least two professional productions or performance artworks and be able to evidence a track record of creating or contributing to quality, inventive performance work. Please also only apply if you are available for the dates and are an artist based in West Yorkshire working in the field of live performance.

If you meet these requirements, please send your name and contact details to by Monday 23 March at 5pm.

As part of this email, please include a short biography, and include links to any relevant press clippings or video material for your work. In addition, please also provide a statement of no more than a paragraph, detailing why you may be interested in cross-cultural collaboration and international practice. Please note that this is a paid opportunity – participating artists will be paid a daily rate for involvement.

Transform is changing. Initiated in 2011, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s annual programme of bold and adventurous work is now looking to its future. In April 2015 the Playhouse, artists and collaborators will present a snapshot of what the future of Transform might have in store. Across one weekend you can see new work and embryonic ideas, engage with international artists and global perspectives, as well as participating in special events, feasting and celebration.

Come and be part of building the future of Transform.
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Sketch project comes to a fantastic ending

by sophieinkster on February 17, 2015

Friday Firsts #29: Sketch 1 - The Live Masterclass - Feb 2015 (c) Sara Teresa

Peggy Olislaegers live workshopping with Grace Surman at Friday Firsts #29: Sketch 1 - The Live Masterclass

Sketch gave five individuals and one duo, the opportunity to research a new artistic idea over 8 months through dramaturgy workshops, studio space and peer support meetings. The artist as well as two observers and the artistic team at Yorkshire Dance worked with renowned dance dramaturg Peggy Olisaegers over a total of 4 days in the studio. Alongside these intensive workshop days the artists also met with Independent Producer Richard Sobey who facilitated regular meetings that focussed on various topics such as how to talk about your work and finding the right audience and venue for your work.

What Peggy provided was a magnifying glass for the artists to hold over their work and really inspect it and explode its potential, both on their own and by inviting others into their ‘desired process’. The saying ‘the devil is in the detail’ is definitely true as far as Peggy is concerned and the range of tools she provided allowed us to really interrogate the various works we were seeing.

Richard provided a sounding board as well as offered initiative ideas for how we could approach subjects like ‘how do we talk about ourselves and our work’.

Initial findings indicate Sketch has been a hugely effective and successful programme which has left the full Sketch team re-inspired and chomping at the bit to continue to work. The artists worked really hard and the progress of the 6 projects was exciting with some really excellent performance outcomes already leading to further development and investment.

Two of the artists were also given the opportunity to perform their work as part of the Friday Firsts programme at Yorkshire Dance. The evening was described as a Live Workshop and Peggy stopped and changed their work as the artists performed.This was a fantastic experience for both the audience and the artists involvement in the project.

“Sketch has given me the opportunity to delve into my own work and come out the better for it. Working with Peggy and Richard has been a great experience and I’ve come out the other side with a tonne of information to aid my future practice. I’m looking forward to seeing where I can now take the work creatively.”

Jamaal Burkmar, Sketch artist

As an aspiring producer, attending Peggy’s workshop has given me an inspiring insight into dramaturgy. The three day intensive workshop was fun and collaborative.  I was made to look deeply into the impact of the audience and how they read performance. I feel like this workshop furthered my own study of the role of the producer within artists work. Peggy has made an impact on the way in which I approach reading work. I now think that I can work alongside artists to provide a viewpoint, having in mind what the audience might read from the work. This skill will then allow me to work with the artist intensively to decide on the next steps of the project, including target audience, marketing etc. Peggy was forceful in her approach to understanding dramaturgy but she was playful, funny and she valued the opinions of both the audience and the artist. She formed a gateway between the two – allowing a platform for dialogue, and then pointed out what we were experiencing in the moment. We should encourage more conversations like these within the arts, and not just between the artists within R&D processes but with the producers, facilitators and venues.

– Melanie Purdie, BBC Performing Arts Fund Junior Producer at Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Hull Dance receive funding from Arts Council England

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