At the end of the summer, we opened a call out for artists to apply for research residencies with the option of being remote or having a live residency at iC4C as part of Dance4’s Autumn programme.

The residencies will take place from this October to January 2021 and each artist will record ‘A Cuppa With’ (Dance4 online talks) and some will host events for audiences to join – more details will be posted on our website and social media channels soon.

We had a great response to the call out and alongside Dance4, had an artist panel for the selection panel. The following artists were selected for:


Remote Residency Artists

Amy Lawrence is an artist and producer based in Manchester, creating performative and visual projects using experimental choreography, performativity and visual arts often in the form of layered live and video projects, curated events, workshops and immersive experiences across galleries, theatres and public spaces.

As part of Amy’s residency, she will be researching her work FEELFEELFEEL which is a messy video scrapbook of intimate physical experiences of physical interactions with natural elements and an interrogation of how self-care as an act of rebellion might re-imagine itself in urban spaces.


Joseph Lau is an artist working in dance, theatre and interdisciplinary practices. In making working Joseph is interested in the political, how to create meaning and connection with audiences and the visceral. As part of his practice, Joseph works on artist-led initiatives and on artists entrepreneurship to further empower art-making and change.

Joseph’s residency will couple personal history with research into the legacy of elephants being used as beasts of burden in the logging and timber industries in South East Asia, as well as being motivated to engage with histories, cultures, identities, ecologies and activism. Joseph will seek to lay foundations for this new project, Elephants and ask the question: ‘Who is the elephant?’


Aniela Piasecka’s work tends to favour collective creation and participation over individual artistic practice. Frequently collaborating with different artists to question the delineation of artistic practices and our singular understandings of authorship and the creative process which underpins this collaborative research.

Aniela’s project Sample is looking at how they’re invested in using their body to enter a space of feeling or affect; a space that medical environments actively try to inhibit, prioritising instead the functional, diagnostical and the pragmatic. Their solo research acts as an antithesis to these environments, enabling them to unlearn the minimising of feeling and sensation that takes places within these settings.


Jian YI’spractice is rooted in an ongoing enquiry into the ambiguities of emotional experience. Integrating an affective-compulsive kind of radical movement practice based in shamanistic trance – their work primarily engages Eastern philosophy and arts practices, questions of identity, race/sexuality/Diaspora – and exploring the ways in which performance practice can be expanded to enter a territory of the experiential-unconscious.

Jian’s residency Weathervanes / Contemporary Live Arts from the Eastern Mystic Traditions sits within a wider producing project exploring Eastern Mysticism in contemporary dance practice. The project aims to bring about more representation, community awareness and topical appreciation of non-Western performance styles in dance, specifically exploring contemporary forms of dance practice from the Asian mystic traditions, including Japanese Butoh and Bodyweather.



iC4C Residency Artists

Rachel Elderkin headshot. Image by Jack McGuire

Rachel Elderkin is a freelance dance artist, writer/dramaturg and podcast host.  Artistically, Rachel is interested in exploring the meeting point between writing and movement, in gathering stories and weaving collective narratives into performance. Her collaborators work across immersive theatre, visual arts and technology.

Designed for an intimate performance setting, Rachel’s residency will draw together practices from dance, immersive theatre and the visual arts to create a performed journey that elevates womxn’s narratives within a shared, empowering experience.

Gathering womxn’s stories through research and interviews, Rachel is interested in creating a space that celebrates the multifaceted nature of womxn and the different expressions and experiences of identifying as female.


Photo by Liam Keown Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. His performance making practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice primarily concerns improvisation.

Lewis’s project Empty Orchestra relates to karaoke. Karaoke as a way of weaving together music, poetry and dance

Other key questions relate to an individual’s reasons for wanting to sing, karaoke in relations to notions of class (high and low art) and also something about time. Highlighting moments in time, fleetingness, the fact that the karaoke singers time is limited, how this could be a metaphor that the time that earth spends as an inhabitable planet. How can you extend your moment?


Emma Lewis Jones. Photographer Flora Lewis Jones Emma Lewis-Jones is a choreographer and dramaturge based in Nottingham; her training in performance-making and interest in visual art underpin her practice today. Emma’s inspiration draws on matters close to her heart including feminism, sexuality, climate justice and the ‘refugee crisis’.

Emma’s project A Body Populated is a work in progress performance with small ceramic objects. The work addresses the insights of life in lockdown given by 100 women in the artist’s immediate community in Nottingham.

Emma has conducted (socially distanced) interviews with the women with whom she’s maintained contact during the pandemic. She has asked these women what has affected them most during lockdown and, in particular, what they have found to be most pertinent in the media.


Photo by David Wilson-Clarke Natifah White, a dance artist from Nottingham, who’s current thoughts explore the lingering, longing and ephemeral effects of home in the body. As a continuation from her time in higher education, ideas relating to archiving is of particular interest to Natifah.

Natifah’s research residency In Plain Sight will begin to look at how the body stores histories (welcomed and un-welcomed) with fixed and pending origins.

This research project is in it’s beginning phase with an interest in archiving, Natifah will use this practice as a tool to capture both happenings in the body (through moulding materials) as well as conversations with fellow collaborators online.