Image: J7S Dance Company by Alicia Clark
This week, I will share my own and fellow alumni’s experience of Resolution outside of the dance studio, as well as looking at the highlights so far.
With two weeks to go before my performance with Bite Dance, I wanted to share my experience of Resolution away from the creative process. As well as the exciting parts, there are also financial implications, contracts, timelines and important deadlines that make up the festival. There is a lot of planning and organisation that goes alongside choreographing a piece for Resolution, which is a really valuable part of the learning process for aspiring choreographers.
As part of the package, Resolution choreographers are invited to attend a range of workshops to help you maximise ticket sales and get your name out there. I have found that this has been a really crucial factor in making decisions with Bite Dance; having the deadlines forces you to make things happen and by doing so we have gained confidence in marketing ourselves and developed a distinctive image.
The Marketing and Publicity workshops help you to define your target audience and work out the best plan to reach it. It aids you in choosing the right images, helps you to write copy and gives you the confidence to talk about your work. You are also prepared on Production and Technical preparation, learning about the lighting rig, stage and sound set ups and it increases your assurance and vocabulary when dealing with technicians.
In order to help you meet collaborators, there is a ‘speed dating’ workshop, which offers the opportunity for Resolution choreographers to meet with lighting designers, sound/video editors, arts administrators and photographers – giving you the chance to see if you connect or share a vision with anyone. It was here that we met both our photographer and costume designer who we are wanting to continue a relationship with beyond the festival.
As well as all of this, you have the opportunity to meet so many fellow choreographers all going through the same process that you are. I would advise any aspiring choreographer to apply for the festival, and to be prepared for the pressures and challenges that come with it. However, these pressures are the reality of the profession and this is the perfect way to learn how to deal with them.
Image: Bite Dance. Charlotte Levy Photography
Last week’s highlights:
Resolution Review features fantastic reviews for our alumni performances so far, which you can read on The Place blog. It also features a review by alumnus Fergus McIntosh, who is a part of this year’s emerging reviewer opportunity ‘Resolution Review’. Watch last week’s highlights on The Place facebook page.
We are now in to the second week of the festival and continuing to see our past and present students thriving. On Tuesday, J7s Dance Company’s Giulia Iurza choreographed on fellow 2016 graduates Anna Borini, Giacomo Pini and Selene Travalgia with current students Aaron Chaplin and Paola Drera. The piece, Shikishin Funi, focused on each of the dancer’s individuality, and was well reviewed.
I spoke to Giulia about her experience of the process:
“Resolution is a fantastic opportunity to show your work in a great venue with professional reviewers, but it also carries its challenges. I have had to fund the work myself and with donations, and been fortunate enough to collaborate with people who believe in my work. I have had to be determined and enthusiastic to drive this project. Working as a choreographer and co-ordinating lots of people is challenging – but very worth it!
On Wednesday, Andrew Race Dance Company (ARDC) and Clara Sjolin shared the stage.
ARDC’s piece To Resolve saw six female dancers physically investigating their own personal battles, discovering how these are overcome emotionally. Five of the six dancers are Trinity Laban alumni, made up of Martha Canning, Daisy Harrison, Emily Rutherwood, Katherine Whale and Leanne Oddy, with Daisy Cauty.
Clara Sjolin’s I want to keep the cake but eat it (too) looks at exposing the close affinity between two people. Cinematically choreographed, this work invites the spectator to the sixties monochrome world, to a revelation of the so often intangible human emotions, and to a futuristic place where two women can be the main characters.
Ondine brings 2016 graduates Laura Calcagno and Camilla Isola back for a second week. The piece focuses on the idea of meeting; ‘you meet someone, you feel it, and then you lose it’. The collaboration between Isola’s interest in visual arts and music composition and Calcagno’s passion for performance art started here at Trinity Laban, where the two started working together on various interdisciplinary projects.
Clelia Vuille graduated in 2013 and her work Saudade will be performed on Saturday 21 January. Exploring the sensation of absence, Saudade is a ride through memories, to relive the traces that people we cross path with eventually leave behind. The piece is danced by Clélia alongside fellow alumni Alistair Wroe, Alice Labant and Juliette Coturel.
Look out for next week’s blog where I will interview alumnus Jannick Moth and I will chat with the other half of Bite Dance, Zoe Bishop, about the interchangeability of hopes and fears.
To find out more information and to book tickets to Resolution, visit The Place website.
Graduate Intern – Press & PR