Following the success of Sketch in 2014 Yorkshire Dance are delighted to be able to continue the programme and to offer support to artists in research and dramaturgical practice.
An open call out received 22 applications, 6 who were short listed for interview.
Hannah Buckley and Ella Mesma were chosen to receive the bursaries. The selection of the two artists was undertaken by a panel including expertise external to Yorkshire Dance.
Sketch 2 will enable the artists to research and develop a new dance idea with the focus on dramaturgical practice. Each artist will receive a bursary to include a fee and cover costs whilst in the studio. They will also receive a minimum of two weeks’ studio space and three dramaturgical sessions with international dramturg Peggy Olislaegers.
Contemporary dancer and B-Girl Ella Mesma will develop her work Ladylike. Its investigation of cultural assumptions and stereotypes around gender and behavioural expectations is informed by her own experiences of salsa and hip hop.
Hannah Buckley graduated from NSCD in 2010 and works as an independent performer and maker. S/HE is a dance performance about equality. Influenced by men, women, science fiction and everything in-between, it questions the state of gender equality on Earth and seeks to create a new reality.
As part of Sketch we are opening up the studio to a number of observers, who wish to develop their knowledge of dance dramaturgy, this is targeted at Regional dance artists and producers. The programme is also supporting two recent graduates from Leeds Becket, Hayley Graham and Rachel Clarke to take part in the programme.
Sketch 2 is a valuable programme of work for artists at all stage of their career, it encourages critical thinking, and how to consider the audience when making work. Yorkshire Dance is delighted to see the return of Peggy Olislaegers to Yorkshire Dance, here expertise is vital to the continuation of the success of this programme and provides real specialism to the project.
Watch the results of Sketch 1 here