Yorkshire Dance builds on regional partnerships to develop new collaborations

by admin on April 22, 2015

Yorkshire Dance is delighted to be build on existing relationships with other organisations, in and beyond Leeds. In particular this month, we’re pleased to have been working in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse and SLAP (York) to further our artist development programme.

Friday Firsts #31: Burst – our annual student showcase on Friday 1 May – will showcase work by choreographer Daniel Craddock, winner of the inaugural SLAPmoves prize.

Formed in 2013, York-based SLAP is invested in promoting, supporting and programming experimental dance, theatre, live art, music and film. An artist-led initiative, SLAP has identified the need for a platform designed for risky and small scale work, a creative hub of dialogue and experimentation for emerging, local, regional, national and international artists, and we’re very proud to be associated with them.

As well as this performance opportunity at Friday Firsts, Daniel will be one recipient of a mentorship for Yorkshire Dance and SLAP artists (Sophie Unwin and Lydia Cottrell), and be given free studio space by Yorkshire Dance. We’re very pleased indeed to be able to add Daniel to the list of gifted, emerging artists receiving practical and artistic support from Yorkshire Dance.

To pilot a new Leeds-based international residency programme, Transform – established in 2011 by West Yorkshire Playhouse, with whom we are sharing the recently appointed BBC Performing Arts Fellow, Melanie Purdie – is working with Yorkshire Dance to bring together West Yorkshire based artists for a four day residency period of exchange with International artists at the end of this month.

This exciting collaboration is overseen by Leeds-based artist and facilitator Oliver Bray and Lebanese theatre-maker and social activist Lucien Bourjeily. The participants from West Yorkshire are Evie Manning, Javaad Alipoor, Hannah Buckley and Grace Surman, working with European artists Cornelius Puschke (Germany), Barbara Berti (Italy) and Sachli Gholmalizad (Iran / Belgium).

The results of the four-day exchange will be shared in a rough-and-ready performance event at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Thu 30 Apr 8.00pm – a fantastic opportunity to see how Yorkshire Dance’s local and regional partnerships can lead to an international exchange of ideas.

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