Dance platform Café Choreographique supports new wave of emerging artists

On Friday 4th November The Point welcomed five emerging and early career choreographers to the venue to present work at Café Choreographique; a unique studio event created to support dance artists based in the region.

Curated by the venue’s Artistic Director Sacha Lee and Agent for Dance Excellence KJ Mortimer, the event saw choreographer’s present original works in progress and excerpts of choreographic material, followed by constructive feedback sessions in the style of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process.

The programme was made up of choreographers Emma Hill & Kiri Golding, Ella Fleetwood, Evangelia Kolyra, Matt Phillips and Hannah Robinson. The artists were graduates of Trinity Laban and the Universities of Winchester and Chichester and four of the five have been receiving support and mentoring from KJ as part of Grad Lab, a year-long development scheme made for graduates seeking a career in dance.

Café Choreographique encourages constructive conversation and open dialogue between the artist and the audience, enabling the former to develop their work further, informed by individual responses. The platform has been vital to the support of emerging and established artists based in the South for the past ten years, with The Point taking the lead since 2015. In just three years 19 choreographers and companies have presented their works-in-progress and nine have gone on to tour pieces to venues around the country including Sadler’s Wells, aided by the critical dialogue shared at the platform.

Artists who have shared work at The Point as part of Café Choreographique include National Portfolio Organisation ZoieLogic Dance Theatre; Ceyda Tance Dance; critically acclaimed choreographer Alexander Whitley; and previous Associate Artist at the Eastleigh venue and current Associate at South Hill Park Arts Centre Luke Brown.

The Point is a regional powerhouse for contemporary dance, dedicated to supporting the next wave of performance-makers across all disciplines. The venue’s on-site Creation Space, equipped with on-site accommodation, allows artists the opportunity to grow their practice in a nurturing and creative environment.

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