One Dance UK announces selection for Scottish Dance Artists Mentoring and Choreographers Observership Programmes 2017-18
Organised in partnership with Creative Scotland, One Dance UK has created two programmes to help artists and choreographers further their career in dance.
Following a peers’ identification, nomination and an application process, three dance artists and two choreographers have been selected to take part in One Dance UK’s Dance Artists Mentoring and Choreographers Observership Programmes.
Funded by National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, these programmes recognise the huge importance of supporting the next generation of leading dance artists and the need for choreographers to learn from and support each other.
One Dance UK organised and chaired a selection panel of dance industry leaders who generously volunteered their time to assess the applications. The selected dance artists and choreographers range from independent artists and young entrepreneurs, to national dance company members who, through these programmes, will benefit from the wisdom, experience and industry insights of a mentor.
Scottish Dance Artists Mentoring Programme:
Established in 2007, One Dance UK’s Dance Artists Mentoring Programme offers dance artists the opportunity to develop as leaders in and beyond their performing career.
The dance artists selected to be mentored this year are:
Mele Broomes and Vince Virr from Glasgow, and Gemma Connell from Montrose
“I am thrilled to be nominated and chosen for this One Dance UK mentorship (Scotland). To have an opportunity to reflect, question and subsequently develop my artistic practice and vision will be invaluable. Being guided through this deep and sometimes highly personal process by a leader in our art form will be incredibly rewarding, and will help me to contribute further to our dance ecology in Scotland, the UK and internationally.”
Scottish Choreographers Observership Programme:
One Dance UK’s Scottish Choreographers Observership Programme responds to demand from choreographers for opportunities to observe other artists at work, either to initiate new areas of work (for example in commercials, theatre or opera), or to learn from another artist’s creative practice.
The choreographers selected to take part this year are:
Giulia Montalbano from Dundee and Malcolm Sutherland from Dunblane
“I am delighted to be accepted as part of the Scottish Choreographers Observership programme. The chance to learn from an established choreographer with fascinating ideas will in turn aid my own personal development and understanding of my choreographic practice. This is a great opportunity to study the evolution of an idea and method within the creation process, and to see how this blossoms into the final performance.”
“I am delighted to receive this opportunity. I am very much looking forward to being in the studio, and being inspired by other people.”
Giulia and Malcolm will be observing two choreographers at work, both of which will be announced in the near future.