We are delighted to announce that the second edition of Juncture, in March 2014, will be curated by Wendy Houstoun.
Wendy was recently the winner of the TMA Award for Achievement in Dance for her piece 50 Acts, an early version of which she performed at Juncture 2012, curated by Charlotte Vincent.
Full details of Juncture 2014, including a youth dance ‘fringe’ programme, will be published soon. In the meanwhile, we asked Wendy to share some thoughts about how she has set about curating – for the first time – a major performance festival.
INTRODUCTION TO JUNCTURE
by Wendy Houstoun
Juncture was first curated for Yorkshire Dance by Charlotte Vincent in an initiative designed to bring new work, professional development, critical debate and innovative performance practice to Yorkshire.
In her own statement from last year Charlotte says she chose artists who were “quiet anarchists, searching for an appropriate language to say what they need to say”.
I would say that holds true for this year too, although perhaps, this time, some of the anarchists are not quite so quiet.
As a first-time curator I blissfully ignored practicalities and went for a kind of dream list of makers, performers, writers and talkers who all inspire and intrigue me.
In all of them I find a clarity and an integrity of purpose, and a deep connection to their material and the way they relate to an audience.
The artists are long term inspirations (Jordi Cortes, Hugo Glendinning, John Avery, Viv Wood), work influences (Gary Stevens, Grace Surman), brief collisions with the hope for more (Nicole Beutler, Rob Hayden, Louise Wallinger) and granted wishes (Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth).
In a selfish way it is going to give me the chance to start or continue a conversation with them but I am really very much hoping it is a conversation that includes you. Because, of course, without you it is just not the same.