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Dance Transports – Writing Dance

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Apply for Dance Transports: Writing Dance workshop

  • Saturday, 28th November 2020, 10.00am – 4.00pm. 
  • Kala Sangam, Bradford

Dance Transports present Writing Dance – a one day workshop in collaboration with The Writing Squad, led by Ella Mesma and Kayo Chingonyi.

We are looking for 5 dance artists and 5 writers from the Writing Squad, who are interested in exploring collaboration instigated through a one-day workshop. This workshop is a facilitated exchange, pairing dance artists and writers to explore an existing or new idea collaboratively.

This workshop is suitable for dance artists with a strong interest in exploring text within their work and writers who are interested to explore a physical practice.

Dance artists and writers will receive £75.00 each as a contribution to attend and we will also cover all costs of food and refreshments during the day.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete this application form, by Friday 30th October, 2020 at 10am.

If you would prefer to submit a video or audio application, please send these directly to hannahrobertshaw@yorkshiredance.com.


COVID-19 Update:
Whilst our intention is to hold this event in person, we will only do this if it safe to do so. If we are unable to hold the event in person, we will adapt the event to Zoom. We will make this decision in partnership with all artists and organisers involved.


More about our facilitators:

Ella Mesma is a dancer and artist of mixed heritage from Bristol. After studying a politics and sociology degree at Leeds University, she worked in Leeds for a number of years, before going to study postgraduate dance at Laban finishing her studies at London School of Contemporary Dance (LSCD). Some highlights of her performance experiences include Russell Maliphant Company (The Rodin Project), Lea Anderson (Trying it On: The Chomondeleys), the Olympics Opening Ceremony. She has been collaborating with poets since 2015, and has worked with Warsan Shire, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Mona Arshi, Mimi Khalvati via dancing Words curated by Nathalie Teirler, and making Papyllon a duet with Toni Stuart in South Africa supported by British Council. Under her dance theatre company (Ella Mesma Company), she has created dance theatre works including Ladylike (performed at a Wildcard at Sadler’s Wells and the IETM in Hull, and Foreign Bodies, An Underwater Love Story her current project (trailer here).

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus and went on to win the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016, Anthony Burgess Fellow at Manchester University in 2018, and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is now poetry editor for The White Review. Kayo is also an emcee, producer, and DJ and regularly collaborates with musicians and composers both as a poet and a lyricist.


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