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Next Choreography Festival: Free one-day festival celebrating choreography and the arts
Sat 4 Jul 2015, 12–8.30pm

Siobhan Davies Studios
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Siobhan Davies Dance present Next Choreography Festival — a new festival co-curated by young artists and choreographers from Next Choreography, our yearlong course for 14—21 year olds. The festival explores choreography through live performance, installation, film exhibitions, talks and participatory events.

12pm—2pm: Review-writing workshop with Sanjoy Roy, Research Studio

A review-writing workshop which, rather than focusing on what to write about and how to judge it, considers where we write from and who we write to. It looks at dance writing as creation as well as representation, including practical writing tasks using video clips. Presented in partnership with Dance Umbrella.

2.15pm—3.30pm: An insight into Next Choreography, Roof Studio

An informal participatory session led by Next Choreography participants and supported by Next Choreography artist facilitator Charlotte Spencer, which invites audiences to learn more about choreographic process. During the session participants will share elements of the course that have excited them over the year.

2.30pm—7pm: Film Screenings, Research Studio

A series of films curated by artist Lucy Cash in collaboration with Next Choreography participants. Inspired by a workshop led by Lucy Cash during the first term of the Next Choreography course, participants invited Cash to help curate a selection of choreographic films for the Festival.

2pm—7pm: 13 answers, 56 words, First Floor Landing

A sound installation of reflections and statements from Next Choreography participants sharing what the course means to them, why they joined the course, what they have learnt, what has changed for them and how they think they will make use of their experiences in the future.

2pm—7pm: The Question Wall, Ground Floor Parlour

Next Choreography participants have spent the past year exploring choreography from different angles. Rather than provide them with definitive answers, this year of discovery has left them more curious and with a number of questions. At The Question Wall participants invite audiences to respond to questions that have arisen for them during the course.

Devised by all the Next Choreography participants.

Various Times: Dyad, Various locations throughout the building

A new performance work by Next Choreography participant Cherilyn Albert created using the same choreography, but different structures, two movers and two different pathways. Dancers explore the building on a loop, mapping out collated sensory observations. 

2.45pm | 4.45pm | 5.15pm | 6.30pm: PrePosition, First and Second Floor Landing

A new performance work by Next Choreography participant Emily Robinson which questions ‘at what point does an individual become part of a group?’ and how this concept is challenged by the boundaries and possibilities of space, time and energy.

3.30pm—4.30pm (Roof Studio) | 5.30pm—6.30pm (Meeting Room), Tackling Creative PMS (Predominantly Male Systems)

Next Choreography participant Charlie Burt invites audiences to join a discussion about gender imbalance in the creative industries as part of her presented research project. As a young woman facing the challenge of a creative career, she is increasingly aware of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the top tiers of the arts. This research project is an attempt to explore and understand the reasons behind the absences of female choreographers and directors.

The exhibition includes extracts of interviews with:

Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban
Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella
Anneliese Davidsen, Executive Director at the Unicorn Theatre
Bim Malcomson, Choreographer, Teacher, Mentor
Rebecca McCutcheon, Director of theatre and site specific performance
Siobhan Davies, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Siobhan Davies Dance 
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre

Between 2pm—7pm Charlie invites audiences to contribute written pledges in the Meeting Room to say how they intend further this discussion within their own fields.

2pm—7pm: A Re-Search — A study of land around Siobhan Davies Studios, First Floor

Amy Harris invites audiences to notice the geography around Siobhan Davies Studios through an exhibition of two abstract maps of the local area. The maps came from a desire to portray elements of geography that are absent from the influential but partial road map. In making them, Amy invited participants to travel slower and read the landscape for its stories and details. Their recorded locations and descriptions were collated into a visual artwork highlighting spatial tendencies and disparities.

5pm—6.30pm: An interactive performance piece by Charlotte Spencer

Limited spaces, booking essential, to reserve a place contact: / 020 7091 9650

7pm—8.30pm: Douglas by Robbie Synge (with post-show talk), Roof Studio

Douglas stems from physical actions imagined by choreographer and dance artist Robbie Synge while working on various daily tasks at home. The work was developed throughout 2014, outdoors and in Evanton Village Hall, Ross-shire.

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Venue info

Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St George's Road
London SE1 6ER
T +44 (0)20 7091 9650

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