We’re delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre will be hosting a dance residency in 2021, exploring new ways that people can participate in making and enjoying dance performance.
Dance producer Katy Noakes has received a Dance Connect residency through Bristol Dance Futures, and will be collaborating with dance artists Frankie Johnson, Paris Crossley, Lewis Norman and Lea Anderson.
During the residency, Katy and KWMC will work with the artists, young creatives, makers, and local DJs and VJs to explore the combinations of mood, movement, music and visuals that impact people and make them feel connected – and apart. They will also be exploring how creative technologies could be used in dance participation and production.
The residency will draw on Katy’s existing work on Shuffle R&D, which seeks to expand on a traditional ‘learn the section, perform the section’ model of participatory performance.
Katy said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be working with the team and community at KWMC. After just a few meetings I’m counting my blessings to be in touch with such a considerate, smart and committed bunch of people! We’re kicking off the residency by starting some design work with KWMC The Factory, and looking forward to collaborating with more KWMC groups and community as the year unfolds.”
Dance Connect is an initiative by Bristol Dance Futures – a consortia of Bristol arts organisations and independent artists, that aims to create a vibrant dance ecology across the city, so people of all ages can engage with high-quality dance. Katy is one of five Bristol-based dance practitioners who will be undertaking residencies in organisations across the city.
The residencies are an opportunity for practitioners, organisations and communities to collaboratively develop a programme of dance activity.
Selected dance practitioners are Penny Caffrey, Helen Wilson, Lerato Dunn, Katy Noakes and Rachael James. They will work with Filwood Community Centre, Southmead Development Trust, Sirona Healthcare, Knowle West Media Centre, and Fresh Arts respectively.
Dance Connect is supported by funding from Arts Council England.
Photograph courtesy of Katy Noakes.