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Lucy Suggate named as Yorkshire Dance’s Artist Fellow

Wed 13 February 2019
Part of: Working with Artists
Lucy Suggate © Rodolphe Jouxtel

We are delighted to announce Lucy Suggate’s appointment as Artist Fellow with Yorkshire Dance as part of Leeds Dance Partnership’s Artist Fellowship. The scheme links four independent artists with major cultural organisations for mutual learning and the creation of new research and performance.

Lucy Suggate is a dance artist and choreographer recognized for her articulate and engaging performances. Her work has been commissioned and performed internationally since 2010 and she is considered a vital and leading figure within the UK and European independent dance sector.

Lucy’s current work is engaged with integrating aspects of feminism, post-humanism and empowerment into a dance practice and choreographic thinking at a time of complexity and crisis.

The fellowship will see Lucy Suggate present a Lecture Performance, Rehabilitating Venus, as part of our Encounters festival celebrating women in dance on Sat 9 March at 6.00pm. Looking back at her practice of the last five years, she will set out to resuscitate the image of Venus through the female* gaze, making a case for daily dancing, altered states, disobedient bodies and female rage.

Following this will be a research and development period of new movement material for which Lucy will collaborate with two further artists. Together they will be examining aspects of female power in the 21st century, drawing on notions of the Cyborg and Goddess as starting points.

Finally, Lucy will be engaging a wider public with her fellowship research through a series of workshops and conversations with different groups of people and generations. They will explore how we can dance and move together to summon empathy, resilience and vanquish the many unhelpful obstacles. Together, they will investigate if moving together can help us develop new types of cooperation and safe spaces to express our individuality.

We are thrilled to be working with Lucy Suggate during this exciting journey of research which so closely aligns with our organisation’s investigations and interests in the field and we look forward to discovering the many iterations her fellowship will take.

*Please note when Lucy is using language such as female/ woman/ girl, this includes anybody identifying as female.


This Fellowship is supported by Leeds Dance Partnership. Read about all four of the Leeds Dance Partnership Fellowships here.

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