Dance4 is delighted to announce the early career artists’ we will be supporting through our OPEN DOORS: Residency Bursaries.

OPEN DOORS is a paid residency opportunity funded through The Idlewild Trust, for early career dance artists to explore their practice in a nurturing environment at iC4C. A time to allow space for artistic practice development and receive broader management knowledge.

Congratulations to Luke Vincent/Paige-Marie Baker-Carroll, Heather Birley and Alethia Antonia who have been selected for this bursary opportunity.

Luke Vincent – Luke recently graduated from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and continues to explore the space between dance and theatre. He is currently performing in ‘Sounds and Sorcery’ at the Vaults, Waterloo. Luke intends to use the Open Doors residency for time to focus on redeveloping ‘Naked’ a LGBT+ show which is inspired by nature and the connection of two bodies and personalities.

Paige-Marie Baker-Carroll – Paige has recently finished her studies at Rose Bruford College and since she has been living, performing and teaching with the internationally acclaimed theatre company, ‘Gardzienice’. Paige admits that this company has changed her personally, as a performer and as a creator. Gardzienice has shown her what hard work really is and it has been inspiring for her to see people that really dedicate their lives to the theatre. She hopes to do the same. Paige will be collaborating with Luke on ‘Naked’ a LGBT+show. Both Luke and Paige will also be collaborating with musician and poet Darius McFarlane, a fellow Rose Bruford graduate.

Heather Birley – Having graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2017,  Heather became apprentice dancer for Cullbergbaletten in Stockholm for an 11 month season as part of an MA at The Place. Heather is currently developing a daily practice based on her research area on serving self and listening to the ‘nowness’ of own desire and sensation. During the Open Doors residency Heather plans to work with collaborator and musician James Ratcliffe to see how coming together in a physical space can develop their collaborative practice.

Alethia Antonia – Alethia is a London Contemporary Dance School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance Graduate who is currently working as a performer and dance artist with a strong desire to develop her own work. She intends to use the Open Doors residency to explore ideas developed through literary research based around trauma and through improvisation techniques that explore textual stimuli, focusing on how ideas can manifest physically.

We look forward to welcoming them all to iC4C at the end of October.