In May 2015, we culminated the In Dialogue programme at Tramway, Glasgow as part of Dance International Glasgow 2015 (DIG). Along with Candoco Artist Luke Pell, we curated a series of physical and verbal conversations and explorations with leading artists and innovators based in England and Scotland from the worlds of dance, disability and performance. A range of discursive and practical session explored notions of progression and participation, creative risk and responsibility.
Sessions included What Words Can Do – Working Words, One with Glasgow based performer and choreographer of Candoco Dance Company’s 12 Claire Cunningham and Luke Pell who ran an exploratory lab playing with what words can do through action.
On Being An Artist – The Training I had was an exploration of what ballet can be in a dance world with a growing population of disabled dancers and choreographer featuring Tramway Associate Artist Marc Brew, Associate Director of Scottish Ballet Catherine Cassidy, Artistic Director of Indepen-Dance Karen Anderson and dancers from Scottish Ballet and Indepen-dance who had recently collaborated on Exalt for DIG 2015.
We joined Rosemary Lee, Gary Gardiner, Janice Parker Projects and dancers they’ve worked with for On Being An Artist – A World with All Kinds of Dancers, a series of chats about making dances, the three P’s – progression, profession and participation – and what that can mean for all kinds of dancers and art.
What Words Can Do –Working Words followed on from performances such as Candoco’s restaging of Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On. Luke Pell was joined by In Dialogue Artists Justin Hunt, Nicola Conibere, Kate Marsh, Kimberley Harvey and Robert Hesp for a lively and discursive lab exploring what words can bring to the thinking, doing and understanding of dance.
Our own Artistic Co-Director, Stine Nilsen and Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre, Fleur Darkin discussed the significance of risk to artistic practice and what it is to take creative risk in the interest of your dancers, a repertory company and an evolving art form in On Being An Artist – Creative Risk, for What, for Whom.
In the final sessions, choreographers Claire Cunningham and Javier de Frutos – who have each created work for Candoco Dance Company – chatted about about what it is to turn an invitation in words, into action in a frank, honest and illuminating exploration of working with diverse dancers and repertory companies in a changing landscape.
In Dialogue; An Evolving Art Form is generously supported by Creative Scotland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.