Professional development course for artists.
Care to Practice/Practice to Care? is Déda’s first project as part of Choreo-Lounge, a new initiative that brings people, practice, and critical discourse together.
Care to Practice/Practice to Care? is a two-week choreography intensive at Déda. It is open to dancers at all stages of their careers, with an interest in making and is facilitated by award winning choreographer Roberta Jean, www.robertajean.org.
Déda has taken care to make participation financially accessible. After the disruption of the pandemic, Déda welcomes dancers to reconnect with themselves, their practice and their creative peers.
1 - 5 August @
10am – 4.30pm
Five-days of facilitated choreographic practice. Start the day with body based practices that help you connect with yourself, the group and awaken your choreographic imagination. Then delve into choreographic strategies and processes that support your investigation and development of new work.
8 – 12 August @
10am – 4.30pm
Five days of open studio practice where you can develop and deepen your investigations from week one. Week Two: Open Studio creates opportunities to work together, to invite people in and to work alone. Roberta Jean will be online offering choreographic mentoring to assist you in your investigations and choreographic development. For those keen to develop works-in-progress, there is the possibility to perform works as part of Derby Festé in September. This week is further fortified by a series of daily lunchtime lectures with artists who situate care as a central proposition in their work. These lectures serve to inspire and situate practice within a critically reflective frame. Artists include: Claire Cunningham, Luke Pell, Justin Hunt and Kayla Dougan Bowtell.
Roberta works collaboratively with artists and makers from across disciplines to produce dances for a diverse range of contexts. Her choreographic practice is centred around poetics and is often underpinned by anthropological research. Roberta’s work has also been informed by her experience of navigating a chronic illness that affects mental health. She has presented at Sadler’s Wells, Tanzmesse, Dance4 and Dance Umbrella amongst others. She is the 2020 winner of the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Development Award, a 2019 finalist at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, New Renaissance Film Festival and a 2018 finalist for the Total Theatre & The Place Dance Award.