The Point is pleased to announce the next round of applications for GradLab 2018
GradLab 2018 is an exciting paid opportunity that will assist dance graduates from the south regions in career planning and artistic development. This project focuses on recent graduates therefore we are taking applications from dance artists who graduated in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Grad-Lab 2018 will provide apprentice paid work for all dance graduates accepted on to this scheme. Up to 3 graduate choreographers will be selected to create performance work with recent dance graduates.
Each applicant will audition for their chosen role for the project - please only apply for one role within the project.
Interviews and Auditions will take place on the following dates:
Choreographer Role - Audition & Interview on Tuesday 5th June 2018
Dancer Role - Audition on Tuesday 26th June 2018
*Please note Choreographers must be free for both dates.
Before applying please click here to see dates for the project and check availability
To apply please email your current CV and statement of interest to the GradLab Project Coordinator Hayley Barker
by 5pm on Friday 25th May
Grad-Lab aids the development of graduate artists; aiming to support the next generation of dancing talent. The initiative aims to equip all graduates on the project with a much deeper understanding of the pathways to a successful artistic career within the dance sector.
The 2017-2018 Grad-Lab project commissioned 3 new works from 3 graduate choreographers, 7 graduate dancers, 1 graduate dance administrator and 1 new work from a supported graduate company
As part of the project, the participants are offered a range of workshops in marketing, freelancing, employability, costume and company set up. They also receive studio space to develop their own work, choreographic mentorship, experience of professional performance and developing relations between a company and a venue when their work tours to a number of different arts spaces, and practice in delivering workshops in a range of school and education settings.
2017-2018 Commissioned Work:
Mapped Dance Theatre
Title: Same Sheet, Different Day.
A white wedding, the perfect family portrait, performing with our feather boa at a Burlesque cabaret, and an extravagant Broadway debut, are all things that we dream of doing. In reality, we are folding, rinsing, whipping and throwing bed sheets. Presented in rhythmic and regimented patterns, the sheets perform as a metaphor, allowing us to escape the mundane and perform our dreams. As they are in life, dreams are short lived. It’s not long before we are whipped back into the sheet reality. Unfortunately for us, the cycle continues tomorrow. More dirty sheets to clean. After all, it is just the same sheet, but a different day.
Dancers: Daisy Winstanley, Lauren Ford, Lydia Clark
Choreographer: Matt Phillips
Relevant and comedic, #nofilter, explores millennial life. The work features the SIMS, boomerangs and various online platforms- transferring our performative online personas onto the performative stage setting. The work makes us laugh, think and ultimately question established elements of millennial life.
Dancers- Amy Morvell, Eva Escrich Gonzalez, Ella Fleetwood, Julia Jordan,
Choreographer: Ella Fleetwood
EvokeMotion Dance Theatre
Title: At One
This work explores human relationships and what it is to be a two. Exploring how two people can love play and have conflict. Concentrating on the autopilot relationship, where you operate around each other physically, layered with the mundane conversation of everyday life. Exposing the struggle of finding and keeping a real and authentic relationship.
Dancers- Hannah Robinson, Karl Green
Choreographer: Hannah Robinson
2017-2018 Supported Company:
GoldHill Dance Company
Title: Hand Towards
Hand Towards is a duet exploring how we approach comfort zones. Movement depicts the choices we make and the control we have as individuals, versus and unpredictable nature of our environment. The creation period involved the use of bubbles and balloons to physicalise the cautious approach we have to step out of our comfort zones. From this has left us with a changing dynamic throughout.
The stage will have low lighting yet bodies will be highlighted as the two dancers connect in the space.
Choreography & Dancers: Emma Hill & Kiri Golding
Header Photo of Mapped Theatre by Nick Dare