International Calling

International Artist Lab Calling: As you’ve been hearing 2011 is a year of international collaborations for Candoco – with guest dancers from Brazil and China performing in our Unlimited commission,  whilst at the moment the dancers work with artists from the other side of the Atlantic – Trisha Brown Dance Company – on the restaging project Set and Rest/Reset.

So I thought we ought to flash Learning & Development’s  international muscles and give you a taste of what you can engage with this October – as we take over Southbank Centre from Sunday 9 October – with our first International Artist Lab in 4 years.

We’ve already had an abundance of bookings and I’m getting super excited about meeting other artists in the field from Australia, New Zealand, America, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and of course the UK.  This is is a unique opportunity for dance artists, that are interested in questioning dance, to come together to work and exchange practice during the landmark festival Dance Umbrella.  There will be so much happening that week, it’s an amazing way to develop one’s own practice whilst reflecting on other work around the city.

Bookings are open for 30 dancers to join the lab taking classes each morning led by Candoco and critically acclaimed choreographers Nigel Charnock, Matthias Sperling and Fin Walker, whilst participating in the creative explorations of 1 of 6 international Dance Makers:

Jemima Hoadley  – Chisato Miniamimura  – Susanne Schneider Suzanne Cowan – Veera Grimberg Lisa Simpson

The Fee for participating in the week is £250 and you can book a space through our shop

These fees include participation in the Lab, a ticket to A Feeling for Practice (discussion with Pedro Machado and Richard Alston) and the film screening A Typical Dancer on Sunday 9 October, a ticket to the Brief Encounter performance Evolution by Claire Cunningham on Tuesday 11 October, a ticket to Candoco’s performance of Turning 20 on Saturday 15 October and a ticket to the In Dialogue seminar on Saturday 15 October.

This Lab is an opportunity to take risks, test new ideas and exchange with over 45 artists from all over the world.  We hope it means moving practice on in unexpected, challenging and enriching ways.

I’m hoping this International Artist Lab doesn’t get flooded out like the one in 2007!  I look forward to meeting many of you there – I’ll be buying some ponchos and pac-a-macs just in case.



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