Juncture 2016

Juncture 2016 was rad

by antonydunn on December 2, 2016

Our third Juncture festival of contemporary dance, curated by artist Gillie Kleiman, is over. We did it!

And by ‘we’, we mean you – a huge number of audience members, performers, collaborators, people who work at venues in Leeds, technical staff, funding organisations, donors to our ‘Spirit of Juncture’ fundraising campaign, people who lent us things and volunteers – every bit as much as the Yorkshire Dance team.

Bringing together a number of works where the role of professional performer is given to someone else, Juncture gathered artists, participants and their shared work into conversation about what happens when the dancing is handed over, Juncture featured 8 performances, 6 workshops, 4 talks, 2 film screenings, 1 pot-luck dinner, 1 karaoke party, 1 opening event, 60 smashed eggs and one thing that no one, still, knows quite what to call…

We’re very pleased that initial evaluation findings indicate that:
• The curatorial proposal made was extremely strong
• The standard of work was high and provided and excellent provocation around dance as a form
• The artistic programme in connection with the talks provided a great platform for new knowledge generation and reflection

With an audience of 827 from across the UK, Juncture also featured 57 non-professional dancers recruited to take part in four dance works, the UK premiere of Fitzgerald and Stapleton’s MINE and one new commission, Sarah Lindström’s film, Dancing On My Own.

If you missed it, you can still get a flavour of Juncture by checking out the blog, mostly written by three dance students from Leeds Beckett University who were embedded in the festival as temporary members of the Marketing team.

We’ve loved creating a Juncture community in Leeds for the third time and we’re already making plans for 2019 and 2021, so watch this space…

Here are just a few of the comments we received in the days after the event:

“Juncture is a very important and unique addition to the landscape of dance in the UK. I particularly admire how focused Gillie Kleiman’s curation of the festival was – I find it really valuable, as an artist, to be able to see a body of works brought together for a festival around a single, highly relevant subject that connects contemporary dance practice very strongly and directly with urgent contemporary issues. Though such a format is very established in visual arts, it is a relatively new and very important and valuable development in contemporary dance in the UK. This type and scale of festival, with the high quality of work in it, that looks towards the future with intelligence and creativity, is exactly what the UK dance ecology needs more of.”
Matthias Sperling, artist

“So different to anything I have ever done, it has built my confidence so much.”
Participant performer (collaborator)

“Fantastic experience working alongside an innovative artist and skilful facilitator. Wish there was a second performance!”
Participant performer (collaborator)

“The politics talk was really important for me. As a young dance artist (that doesn’t have a clue what I’m doing) it’s so valuable to have events like this where I can explore, participate, watch, learn and talk.”
Artist

Juncture 2016 - funders

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As part of our regional development, Yorkshire Dance has recently supported independent artist Lucy Haighton to achieve investment through Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England for research and development for her project Ruido.

Ruido is inspired by communication and language barriers and further develops Lucy’s solo work showcased at Yorkshire Dance’s Bish Bash Bosh in 2014. Lucy has established relationships with refugee communities in Sheffield and is building relationships with women’s groups and the deaf community in Leeds through a series of community based performances and workshops. Lucy is gathering stories and inspiration which will feed directly back into her solo work.

“The women participated so fully and so movingly. There was laughter but it was light and joyous. There was clear commitment and willing participation. In three years of women’s group, I have rarely seen such concentration and enjoyment of a communal activity. All engaged fully and for a few minutes, the real world went away.” Alison, volunteer at a women’s group in Leeds.

Alongside the community groups Lucy is learning British Sign Language and is meeting with academics all who research within the field of linguistics and neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University. She has built a network of community and venue partners including Cast in Doncaster and Moor Theatre Deli in Sheffield all of whom are supporting the development of her work.

Lucy will receive mentoring from Charlotte Vincent in December during a residency in Brighton and will further develop her work back in Leeds at Yorkshire Dance.

“Lucy is a wonderful artist with a commitment to working with different communities in Yorkshire. Her genuine curiosity about people shines through in her research and it’s exciting to see where her solo work will take her.”  Hannah Robertshaw, Programmes Director, Yorkshire Dance.

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