Here We Are is a dance/theatre piece which has been growing slowly over the past couple of years. The idea was first seeded when I met Vangelis Legakis in Tenerife in August 2015. I was attending a workshop he was running, which involved some pretty exciting dancing at the foot of a volcano.
Van then invited me to join him for a residency – HKICAROS – the first International Choreography Festival held in Hong Kong. During this time, Here We Are developed in to a twenty minute solo, involving improvised dance and audience interaction. The work was performed at Sheung Wan Civic Centre in April 2016.
In November 2016, I then performed a version of the solo at Introducing…. Birmingham Dance Network‘s night for new dance. And then, earlier this year, I applied to DanceXchange for a bursary – The dx Choreography Award – to develop new work. My application was successful, and I realised that this was an opportunity I wanted to grab with both hands. I decided to apply to Arts Council England for a grant. This application was also successful and so now Here We Are has entered an intensive Research and Development phase. Thanks to the support of DanceXchange and Arts Council England, I have been able to bring together a fantastic team of people to join me in this exploration. More about each of them later! Together, will be focussing on the theme of CHANGE.
I will be talking about my process and presenting an extract at the upcoming Dance Insights event at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets are free but if you are coming, you need to register here.
The long term plan is to develop Here We Are for touring in community centres. My time as a dancer with Ludus Dance ignited in me a passion for taking performances to non-theatre settings, and I am excited to be able to continue to explore this way of working.
This page is a place where I will share my learning through this process. I hope you enjoy reading and look forward to meeting you somewhere along this journey!