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Dance Partner Projects

Fri 1 September 2017
Part of: Artist Support
Yorkshire Dance - Dance Partner Projects - Vanessa Grasse, Mesh © Ian Stanyon

After a very strong application process, we are delighted to announce that Vanessa Grasse and Gracefool Collective have been selected for our new development programme, Dance Partner Projects.

The programme will give 4 artists / companies the opportunity to research and develop a new artistic idea over 12 months. With support from Tanya Steinhauser, Artist Development Producer, the selected artists will receive 4 weeks of studio time, a co-commissioning fee of £500 and 2 intensive professional development workshops in the field of dramaturgy and choreography.

Vanessa Grasse will investigate the potential of her recent R&D project Mesh. Collaborating with anthropologist Tim Ingold and science writer Philip Ball, Vanessa will explore how choreography for a large group of people can show the importance of interdependence through collaborative, self-organising and inclusive group movements.

“In response to our current divisive political climate, the research looks at how a choreographic work can speak of interdependence, generate connection between people and create a ritual of togetherness in different contexts including outdoor public spaces.” Vanessa Grasse

Gracefool Collective are setting out to find the place where tradition meets rebellion with their more recent project. They intend to reimagine out more prominent rites of passage – family, career, property, marriage – and ask what it really means to “come of age”.

After an initial R&D phase, Gracefool Collective will play with alternative settings, audience sizes and audience participation and consider different methods of distribution during the making of the new work.

Yorkshire Dance is thrilled to kick off this new programme by supporting two exciting new works in development.

Round 2 of Dance Partner Projects will open in the autumn and we look forward to supporting two more projects over the coming year.

Keep an eye out for the next deadline in December.

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