Supporting talent: from research to touring success!

by admin on April 19, 2015


Chronicles of Joy by Sophie Unwin has a mini tour to 3 Northern Platforms

We were pleased to support Yorkshire Dance ex- New Associate artist Sophie Unwin with a mini-tour of her new solo The Chronicles of Joy during March 2015 and especially with the feedback from venues and audiences. The piece was presented at platforms in Manchester (Contact Theatre), Liverpool (Capstone Theatre) and Newcastle (Dance City) as part of our partnership commitment with fellow northern dance development organisations Dance City, Dance Manchester and MDI.

“Sophie’s work went down extremely well at Dance city [...] I actually thought it was rather brilliant. Feedback from the staff was also very positive”.

Anthony Baker, Artistic Director & Joint CEO, Dance City

Sophie first developed the research for The Chronicles of Joy with a Juncture Fellowship in March 2014 during which she had a chance to share and test ideas with Wendy Houstoun and other Juncture artists. Subsequently she was selected on the Sketch programme and continued to develop the work with the support of dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers and her fellow Sketch artists, also having a chance to perform it, and take risk, at different stages during Friday Firsts.

Being part of Northern Platforms was really great, it’s really valuable to work across new venues, spaces and agencies in the North, raising my profile as an artist whilst seeing work being created across the region.  It has enabled me to build upon my existing networks which is a positive consideration for future collaborations.

Sophie Unwin

“It is particularly rewarding to see an artist respond to the opportunities we (sometimes painstakingly) provide with such courage and intelligence and to be able to support a piece of work from conception to touring. For the outcome of such an artistic journey to be so well received with audiences across the North is a real success story.”

Wieke Eringa, CEO & Artistic Director, Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance aims to be further involved in the audience development of this work under the auspices of the Amplified programme.



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