We were thrilled to find out that Robbie Synge’s solo work Douglas, commissioned by Yorkshire Dance as part of the respond_ programme, has been chosen to be in the prestigious Aerowaves selection for 2016.
Although Douglas has already had an excellent response from promoters in the UK and beyond, this selection will undoubtedly hugely increase its distribution and raise Robbie’s profile across Europe, enabling him to build relationships with many empathetic promoters, producers and dance houses.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Aerowaves Twenty16 selection. Taking my work further into Europe through the Aerowaves network will add valuable audience responses from various cultures and contexts and, I hope, spark new conversations and friendships. I’m very much looking forward to it.” Robbie Synge
Aerowaves is a “hub for dance discovery in Europe”. It is a network of 33 countries which identifies the most promising new work by emerging dance artist and then promotes it through cross-border performances. Every year, promoters representing 33 countries gather together in October to select, through viewing of videos and rigorous discussion, 20 piece of work. Most of these works are then presented to a wider group of international promoters during the Spring Forward weekend, which this year will be in Pilsen (Czech Republic) in 22-24 April.
Although Yorkshire Dance is supported by Arts Council England to provide Artist Development, we are not in a position to commission new work regularly. It is therefore even more special for us know that the commissions we have made have had such tremendous (inter)national success.
respond_ enabled us invite a team of specialists to select 6 works, following an open call, which were subsequently voted for (digitally) by just under 800 people. Robbie’s proposition for Douglas was chosen for the commission alongside Hagit Yakira’s Air Hunger.
Read the full report of the respond_ project:
“Douglas is an outcome of my ongoing practice, which tends to play and experiment around choreography in the hope of surprising myself with who, what and where might be involved in the research and performance. Working alone in my local village hall and outdoors over several months, I was thrilled to bring the work to life in front of a lovely audience for the first time at Yorkshire Dance in December 2014. I hope Douglas speaks to many more in the future.”