Siobhan Davies Dance’s Torchlight Artists Programme supports dance artists and choreographers to deepen and expand their research in relation to our audiences at Siobhan Davies Studios and beyond. We offer artists one year to investigate a significant topic, theme or question of urgency to their practice, which resonates with the interests of other artists or professionals in the dance field and beyond, and can engage diverse publics.
We offer space, time and resource for new and unusual ways for artists to work, and to introduce audiences to aspects of dance and choreographic practice that inform performance works but take other forms. The artists are encouraged to undertake research through a variety of means – dialogue, reading, movement practices, making processes, whatever is most appropriate to their needs – and to share their research with audiences, colleagues and communities at Siobhan Davies Studios and elsewhere.
Siobhan Davies Dance works with the artists to define their questions and plan and resource their year of activity through partnerships and support with fundraising, curation, production, documentation, evaluation, networking and other needs. We also work to identify new audiences for the artists’ work through thinking together about the wider resonances of their research. We aim to promote learning for all about dance and choreography’s capacity for deep, wide-ranging inquiry.
Torchlight Artist 2018/19
She, dancing to understand living
She, dancing to understand livingis a year-long project grounded in experiences of the dancer. It begins by harvesting and valuing the danced experience of professionals, as holding exquisite, often unspoken knowledge different to that of choreographer, producer or teacher. This research process will catalyze public activities of sharing and dissemination within and beyond the dance arena.
This enquiry is rooted my own and shared experiences in performing dancing. The two affirmations at the root of this project are;
that performing dancing can be experienced as an act of surrender. These experiences may be shared with other people, communities and working practices for which witnessing the act of surrender is part of the everyday. These might include people who experience and support human processes like birth and death.
that in the period of time immediately after dancing, either in performance or in periods of intense rehearsal or research, dancers can embody rich and important material and information. This material is often left unspoken, not shared or not given a value or the right resources to meets its complexity. Capturing and describing this information is crucial to realising and sharing the value of experiencing performing and watching dancing.
- Katye Coe
Katye Coe is a Torchlight Artist 2018/19 at Siobhan Davies Dance, produced by Siobhan Davies Dance in collaboration with Dance4, Sadler's Wells and Independent Dance.
Surrender in birth, dancing and the everyday, by Katye Coe, Sun 25 Nov 2018