Independent Dance (ID) is an artist focused organisation that looks to support dancers and choreographers in the development of their skills whilst encouraging the continuous evolution of dance as an art form. During 2011/12, ID hosted Janine Harrington - a PAF Choreographer Fellow - offering her one-to-one mentoring to help build on her choreographic skills as well as providing her with a foundation upon which to forge her dance career.
Janine is a choreographer and visual artist, trained in dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has a Masters in book arts from Camberwell College of Arts. Through her Fellowship with Independent Dance, Janine has been offered extensive support from the company’s network to enable her to pursue a career as a choreographer and has provided her with the time, space and resources required to develop her own site specific pieces, including The Bridge.
This project started as a small idea in a sketchbook… but now we’re here and its enormous, and that’s amazing.
Performed on 23rd June 2012, The Bridge was an interactive choreography across Millennium Bridge that comprised of 45 dancers and took 6 months to create. The piece explored the audience’s role within a performance, their relationship with the dancers and their ability to change the experience. Working along the length of the bridge, the performance revolved around an interaction with the public where the dancers adapted their movements according to their subject
The piece, born out of her Fellowship supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, was made in conjunction with, amongst others, Big Dance 2012, The Tate, and Celebrate the City.
The Bridge is dedicated to Gill Clarke (1954 – 2011).
Vanessa has been receiving mentoring with Upswing on the process of creating work that contains aerial dance, acrobatics and dance. She will also finish her Fellowships having been trained in teaching and developing participatory projects using these skills, particularly specialising in work with older people.
Phelix’s Fellowship with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre focused on developing his skills as an entrepreneur, programmer and a creative producer who nurtures audiences, new work and emerging artists. Phelix has worked on the curation of a programme of workshops and had the opportunity to programme and produce a dance showcase.
Throughout his Fellowship with Swindon Dance, choreographer James will have the opportunity to create and preview new work. He will also curate work such as Cross Currents April 2012 and be given the chance to work with the Youth Dance Academy and to mentor a youth dancer.
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