Future Dancer is part of a research project inspired by Isadora Duncan’s 1903 manifesto, The Dancer of the Future.
‘The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body’.

Isadora Duncan

Come and join in this conversation and sharing with dance artist and choreographer Lucy Suggate. It is an opportunity to reflect upon the state of our dancing nation and re-vision the future of dance. Through questioning and collaboration, the project will tap into the dimensions, perspectives and research around the notion of a future dance and future body, forming an intricate web that will be part performance, protest, movement research, guidebook, series of propositions and advice columns.

Here Lucy Suggate writes about the journey of The Future Dancer so far…

The subject matter of the Future Dancer is turning out to be an epic, unanswerable conundrum and definitely not to be attempted alone.

I realised very quickly that the future is both near and far and intricately different for every living entity.
 I realised very quickly the tyranny of science fiction and visions of crap dancing artificial intelligence.
 I realised very quickly I’m not interested in the body obsolete – I mean I’m sure I’d like the shiny outfits we’d all be wearing.
 I realised very quickly that I keep returning back to the body, falling deep into my body whilst casting a glance back to the graveyard of manifesto’s left behind by the twentieth century.

I realised very quickly I am your “Future Dancer” Isadora Duncan – my body and soul have grown so harmonious that they are one and when I dance I spin a web of complexity and grace, plucked from the depths of the peceptual sea.

So as I cast a glance forwards and the Future Dancer is the epitome of turbo-embodiment – she is a techno-feminist-cyborg-creature who has the immense capacity to translate, trasmit, transform and transfigure. She listens to both the ancient and the brand new and is coaxed out of the body.
My Future Dancer probably doesn’t look like your Future Dancer and I think that is a good thing


Produced by Dance4. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This project was perfomed as part of Nottdance 2017.

For more information about past Nottdance festivals  please visit the Nottdance Archive.


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