Vertical Dance Research Creating International Connections
Back in April 2022 we were awarded funding by British Council’s International Collaboration Grants to deliver project exploring participatory and inclusive practice in vertical dance, in collaboration with Wanda Moretti and Kate Lawrence.
‘Creating Connections‘ aims to build on our collaborative practices for vertical dance and draw on the approaches developed in the experimental dance scene of the 1970’s (think Trisha Brown, Simone Forti, Robert Morris) to deepen and develop our practices around inclusion, participation and inviting different and new audiences into our work.
Our 1st week in May 2022 saw Wanda Moretti hosting the project at the Vertical Dance Centre in Marghera, Venice, where we worked with 15 male refugees, aged between 19 through to 56, from Afghanistan, Columbia, Eritrea, Gambia, Libya, Pakistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Ukraine, from the Rossarol Centre. It was a brilliant week exploring movement, vertical dance and moving in contact. There was so much mutual trust, curiosity, support and laughter alongside a desire to learn and the sheer joy and simplicity of dancing together.
“Even I, who have sadness in my heart, ended up laughing” – Participant
We’re looking forward to embarking on Week 2 of the project in Llandudno Wales, hosted by Kate Lawrence. We’ll be working with a group of children with multiple sensory and physical disabilities and their teachers at Ysgol y Gogarth. Then Week 3 will be in our home town of Brighton, where we’ll be working with D/deaf and disabled dance artists in South East Dance‘s gorgeous new building The Dance Space.
In these final 2 weeks, long term G&L collaborator and aerial designer Mish Weaver will be joining us and responding with simple design propositions for participants to work with in the vertical dance space.
We’ll be sharing the outcomes of each stage along with a public online discussion in December 2022, so watch our socials to find out more including how to watch.