“The residency at Dance4 gave plenty of time for me to research, explore and most importantly, question my own practice. The sense of questioning led me (and my collaborators) into new territories, unfolding into new possibilities for the piece of work we were developing” – Open Doors Artist
Last month we welcomed early career artists, Luke Vincent, Alethia Antonia and Heather Birley and their collaborators Paige-Marie Baker-Carroll, Darius McFarlane and James Ratcliffte to iC4C as part of our OPEN DOORS programme. Each artist received a bursary, funded through The Idlewild Trust, to support a week long residency with Dance4. The residencies allowed time and space for exploration and artistic practice development. The artists had the opportunity to share, talk and receive responses to their questioning throughout the week. Dance4 team members shared knowledge and experience through breakfast conversations and Sally Doughty, independent dance artist and dance artist/academic at De Montfort University facilitated an Improvisation Masterclass and provided support and guidance.
“I feel the residency gave me a much clearer vision on what I want from my work, and this has been extremely beneficial in relation to my professional development” – Open Doors Artist
“ They were all wonderful, thoughtful, interesting, beautiful dancers and a joy to spend some time with. I think it’s such a great project and a way to develop and nurture young/emerging artists” – Sally Doughty, Independent dance artist and academic.
We look forward to following the progression of these artists and wish them every success as they continue their explorations and journeys.