In January and February four emerging companies, supported by Grad-Lab, will present new original works at Resolution, The Place’s annual dance festival.
Grad- Lab was launched in 2016 by The Point’s Agent for Dance Excellence KJ Mortimer. The scheme, created as part of New Dimensions in Dance and funded by Arts Council England, was made to offer new graduates in the South Coast the opportunity to develop and perform new work, while receiving vital mentorship across areas such as marketing, employability, and company set-up.
At its core, the scheme aims to give participants the best possible opportunity to embark on a successful artistic career within the dance sector, feeling supported along the way. While part of Grad-Lab, artists receive access to studio space and opportunities to perform at professional platforms, as well as support developing vital relationships with other companies and venues.
In 2017 Grad-Lab received additional funding from the University of Winchester and the University of Chichester’s scheme Graduate On, allowing the project to continue its work with graduates based locally. Following periods of development and mentoring, the 2017/18 intake has commissioned three new works by new companies which will be presented at Resolution.
Resolution, now in its 29th year, is a celebrated platform for emerging artists based within the UK to showcase their choreographic work. Seventy artists perform at each festival to audiences, with industry critics in attendance. This year’s event runs Friday 12th January to Friday 23rd February.
The companies performing work at Resolution as part of Grad-Lab are:
ella&co with #nofilter; a relevant and witty exploration of the eccentricities of millennial life.
Evokemotion Dance Theatre with At One; a look at the authentic nature of everyday relationships.
Mapped Dance Theatre with Same Sheet, Different Day; a journey into three unique day dreams.
Gold Hill Dance Company with Hands Towards; a dynamic duet which explores personal boundaries and comfort zones.
Tickets to Resolution are £16 with £12.00 concessions. To book visit www.theplace.org.uk.
In its 22nd year The Point, Eastleigh continues its commitment to supporting the next generation of talent with professional development days, programming artists-in-residence in the Creation Space, and through working on projects such as Grad-Lab.
Grad-Lab wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Point, New Dimensions in Dance, Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Arts Council England, University of Winchester, University of Chichester, Pavilion Dance South West, Motus, and Graduate On.
Image Credit: ella&co