Sketch 3


Yorkshire Dance presents
Friday Firsts #43 SKETCH

Friday 3 February 2017

Tickets: £8 | £6 concessions
Tickets on sale in January 2017

This evening brings together artists from Sketch 3 to reflect, share and focus on the role of a dramaturg in the creation of contemporary performance.

Over the past three years, artists have had the opportunity to work with Dutch dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers.

They have been encouraged to question their work and to become their own dramaturgs, exploring the full potential of their ideas.

This evening will include Peggy Olislaegers live-directing new material from Christopher Owen, Sardoville (Phil Sanger, Azzurra Ardovini and Josh Wille) and Simone Kenyon & Neil Callaghan.

This exhilarating evening will give a revealing insight into what it’s like for an artist to work with a dramaturg.


Sketch is a 6 month development opportunity for dance makers with an interest in developing a new dance idea with a focus on dramaturgical practice.


We are delighted to have confirmed the three artists/ companies taking part in Sketch 3 during Autumn 2016 & Spring 2017:

Christopher Owen | In The Shadow Of The Penis
Investigating the male relationship to the penis and the impact of this relationship on mental health and the wider male experience. Through the sensation of movement, voice and nudity as a driving force, this new work invites men to examine their bodies, to demystify the belief that the penis is a super powerful or supernatural organ, but rather to show that the penis is connected to a person, as a way of normalising the way we look at the human body. The act of sculpting a penis out of clay becomes a springboard to opening up frank and candid conversations between men about the challenges and problems they normally don’t talk to other men about and how that affects men in today’s society.

Sardoville | A Matter of Impression
A new work looking into the questions of when does the act of dancing becomes based on random choices or personal whim, rather than following any reason or system, where has dance become or can become arbitrary and when can dance be unrestrained?

Simone Kenyon & Neil Callaghan | Atmospheric Bodies
Atmospheric Bodies investigates working on the edge of perception: visually, sonically and kinaesthetically. Drawing upon scientific research into the psychology of perception, Atmospheric Bodies will draw the audiences’ attention to their own perception and sensation thorough replicating early animation techniques, and working with sound that vibrates the body as much as the ear.


Two artists, Ella Mesma and Hannah Buckley, received bursaries to make work and take part in Sketch 2 in 2015.

Contemporary dancer and B-Girl Ella Mesma developed her work Ladylike, an investigation of cultural assumptions and stereotypes around gender and behavioural expectations in salsa and hip hop.

Hannah Buckley’s 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.


Yorkshire Dance chose six artists to take part in Sketch between September 2014 and February 2015.

Jamaal Burkmar
Gavin Coward
Non-Applicables (Sian Myers & Fenella Ryan)
Carlos Pons Guerra
Grace Surman
Sophie Unwin

Kingdom of the Netherlands