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With spring-time, we are seeing a gradual re-opening as we re-emerge from lockdown. We now have artists back in the studio and are re-scheduling postponed residencies as well as planning to open the call for our next round of residencies. And starting this week, morning professional class with Aya Kobayashi from Barrowland Ballet is shifting to in person and out-of-doors - it will be incredible to experience dancing with others once again. 

Shifts too over at Dance Base, with the announcement that Morag Deyes will be stepping down after an incredible 27 years as Artistic Director. Morag's passion for dance and dancers has been massively influential. I first meet Morag in the old Dance Base studio in the Assembly Rooms in the mid-90s, not long out of college. The encouragement she gave me through the opportunity to show work as part of a Dance Base platform, helped me to imagine a career in dance.  I've been thinking about all the dance artists she has encouraged, supported and championed since then. Morag's expansive vision and  commitment to all dance and to everyone dancing is an incredible legacy for others to build on. 

This week has also brought with it, the deeply sad news of the death of Simon Fildes. Simon had been active in the dance community in Scotland & internationally for over three decades, tirelessly championing screendance practice as an artist, curator & producer - most recently through Screen.dance Scotland. Many artists within The Work Room have been greatly influenced, supported and encouraged through Simon's work and will be feeling his loss. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences from all The Work Room community to Simon's family, friends and collaborators throughout the world. 


Anita
anita@theworkroom.org.uk                                                                             
The Work Room Residencies

At the heart of The Work Room is our programme of supported, choreographic residencies. This programme supports experimentation and the creative processes, from research through to production, according to the needs and requirements of each resident artist. As we make a cautious and slow return to our studio in Tramway residencies detailed here include those in other venues and remote research. 

Current residencies

Project X @ The Work Room
20 April - 1 May
As part of Project X's pilot artist associateship program, Divine Tasinda and Marios Ento-Engkolo will be working in The Work Room Studio on individual projects to develop their dance practices.

Previous Residencies

Mele Broomes @ Rockvilla 
12 - 16 April
In this final week of a 3 week residency, Mele will continue to develop a new solo work, working title 'Wrapped Up in This', premiering at Take Me Somewhere Festival in May.

Alexandra Tsiapi @ The Work Room
12 - 17 April
Alexandra spent this week exploring the connection between the element of water and femininity through female figures we come across in myths and folklore about water, in her first TWR residency.

Look out for upcoming residency from Ashanti Harris and Jusztina Hermann. 
 
Image: Alexandra Tsiapi photography by Johanna Padron
Event
Re-pair: soft matter
14 May 8pm, online

Hosted by the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture and Creative Arts in association with The Work Room.

Re-pair is a collaboration between Carl Lavery and Simon Whitehead emerging out of Whitehead’s relational practice soft matter. Working with invited dance artists: Neil Callaghan; Simon Ellis; Jennifer Monson; Amaara Raheem; Saffy Setohy; and Joanna Young this experiment looks to re-think what the somewhat problematic notion of repair might mean for dance artists working within a virological economy.

An outcome of this ongoing experiment, this event presents original short films capturing digital encounters between six dance artists as they respond - physically, virtually - to a shared starting point, a pair of stitched-together gloves sent through the post. The screening will be followed by discussion and reflection with the participating dance artists and collaborators chaired by Dr Dominic Paterson, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. Book your FREE ticket here. 

Image: soft matter by Julian McKenny
Event
TWR Friday Socials
Online via Zoom
Monthly, dates will vary
Friday 2pm - 3.30pm


At the heart of The Work Room's mission is fostering an active, independent dance community through opportunities for networking and communication. These have been an opportunity for the community to come together and share what is currently affecting their practice and day to life.

As restrictions ease on in person events and activity we recognise the need for time away from the screen and these Socials will  now be held once a month. If you are a member interested in hosting a Social please contact sara@theworkroom.org.uk.


Access 
Automated captioning via Otter.AI at all meetings & live BSL interpretation can be requested by emailing sara@theworkroom.org.uk one week prior to the event.
Jobs
Dance Access Worker
Indepen-dance
Closing 10 May

Indepen-dance are recruiting! The Dance Support Worker will provide mentoring, support and development for a number of staff within the creative team at Indepen-dance. They will be responsible for assisting with the management of their weekly work schedules and any additional learning they may require.

This is a full time role based out of their Well Being Hub in Glasgow when possible but candidate will be expected to also work remotely and from different locations depending on support needs.

See here for full details. 
Audition
Akram Khan Company- Jungle Book Audition Call Out

Closing date: Monday 3 May (6pm UK time)

Akram Khan is seeking professional dancers with specific qualities to cast his next large-scale production Jungle Book Reimagined: male & female contemporary dancers between 20 and 40 years-old, with a variety of body types, and a strong classical ballet base.

Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and the new Brexit regulations, we are specifically looking for dancers that are based in the UK, whether they are Europeans or non-EU / British nationals.

The selected dancers will be expected to start rehearsals from August 2021 and must be available to tour with the Company from April 2022 and beyond.

Audition is by invitation only and will take place in London.

More information and how to apply here
Call out
Dancer Call Out
Dumfries & Galloway Dance

Closing: Midday, 7th May 2021

Dumfries and Galloway dance is looking to recruit three dancers with over three years touring/performance experience, who have a relationship to or are based in Scotland, for a six month contract June-November 2021. Fixed fee £13,200, accommodation and travel provided where required.

D&G are looking to expand their existing programme by developing outdoor pop up performances for touring the region. To deliver this, they are looking to recruit three freelance dancers to work with them over a six month period. They are looking for these dancers to be resident in the region, so that dance can still be toured if Covid guidelines change.
 

D&G will be hosting info conversation sessions during the call out period so that applicants have space to understand the proposal more effectively. 

  • Thursday 22nd April 1300-1400

  • Thursday 29th April 1730-1830

See more information about the call out, how to book an info session and how to apply here.
 
Jobs
Trainee Artist
Designer

Lyra
 

Lyra are recruiting freelancers to be part of a brand-new project called Where We Are a new creative initiative by Starcatchers, Imaginate and Lyra, encompassing a travelling ensemble, creative play, and participatory performance making, all co-designed with children and young people across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife. 

Where We Are will recruit up to 17 artists, practitioners, and production staff to engage with refugee families, young mothers and babies and groups of children through a programme of inspirational artistic activity.  

In partnership with groups focused on tackling inequality, the organisations’ three distinct project strands will be informed by the wellbeing and needs of the children and young people involved. 

Designer
Application deadline: Friday 23rd April at 12noon​

Trainee Artist
Application deadline: Friday 30th April 12noon

See each link for more info about the roles.

  
Call Out
Dance Base Artist Advisory Group

Closing Monday 26 April

Dance Base Scotland are recruiting twelve dance/movement artists to join the 2021/22 Artist Advisory Group. 

This is a paid role with an expected 4 days of work from May to March 2022. The Group will work with Dance Base to help advise us on strategy, policy and allocation of opportunities as part of their ongoing commitment to bringing more voices into their strategy setting and decision-making processes, and to establish a collaborative conversation with the dance community they serve.

See more details here.

Photo credit: Company Chordelia, The Chosen 2019, Dance Base Festival
Training & Practice
TWR & Barrowland Ballet: Professional Contemporary Class

Returning in person!

Professional Contemporary Classes is offered in partnership between The Work Room and Barrowland Ballet is returning  Thursday & Friday mornings outside.

From 22 April class with Aya Kobayashi will run on:

Thursday’s 10am-11am: Hidden Gardens, behind Tramway

Friday’s 9.30am-10.30am: Queens Park, beside Tennis Courts

Limited spaces- booking essential. FREE/Suggested Donation £5, to book email info@barrowlandballet.co.uk


More information here.
Image credit: Brian Hartley
Training & Practice
Online Pro Dance Class
Scottish Dance Theatre

Wednesdays 10am - 10.45am

Scottish Dance Theatre are back with another series of free professional dance classes for the independent dance community in Scotland and beyond. The programme will include remote sessions with guest teachers: Gaga with Gosia Mielech, Ballet with Amancio Gonzalez and Somatic based Improvisation with Leah Marojevic.

Classes return on Wednesday Mornings with Gosia Mielech leading a Gaga session s 21 & 28 April.

Sessions are free but booking is required to be sent the Zoom link - BOOK HERE.
Image Gosia Mielech photo by Adam Ciereszko
Audition
A Wee Journey
Farah Saleh
 

Workshop Audition for Research & Development
Closing for applications 26 April

Choreographer, Farah Saleh and composer, Oğuz Kaplangi are seeking Scottish based professional dancers and movers with experience of migration and refugeehood for a period of research and development for their new collaboration, A Wee Journey.

Project Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 June, Edinburgh

Fee: £525, plus travel if based out with Edinburgh                                         
A Wee Journey is a choreographed musical journey of immigration - following those who have made the journey to Scotland. The musical expression and choreography will be woven together to reflect the physical and emotional states that accompany the transition from an unstable environment to a more solid life hoped for in Scotland. 

See more details here.

 

Call out
Everyone Is Creative
Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is offering 10 FREELANCE INDIVIDUALS who work in the performing arts and are based in Scotland a fee of £1500 to imagine, research and develop an idea they have.

If you live in Scotland, work as a freelancer in the performing arts and have an idea for a project, you can apply. You don’t have to consider yourself an ‘artist’ or a ‘theatre maker’. E.g. You could be a technician, stage manager, producer, actor, director, writer, designer, costume maker etc or meet none of these descriptions.

They are particularly encouraging applications from practitioners who are under-represented in the performing arts in Scotland. This might include, but is not exclusive to, people who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, minority ethnic, D/deaf, disabled, LGBTQIA+, people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and people without academic qualifications.

See here for more information & how to apply. 

Closing date for submissions: 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021
Events & Performance
Tramway Beyond Walls 
Programme Announced

Tramway Beyond Walls is a season of contemporary performance, visual art and creative participation which seeks to engage with a diverse local audience outside of the physical limits of our building. The programme will span Spring/Summer 2021, and include work by:  

Etienne Kubwabo 
Sean Wai Keung 
Katrine Turner
Kate E. Deeming
Rosanna Irvine 
Niamh O'Loughlin 

See links or Tramways website for more details on each artist's project here.
Image: Kate E Deeming photo by Basharat Khan
Event
Create Grant Mini Fest
Glasgow Connected Arts Network
22 April 4pm - 6pm, online

Join Glasgow CAN to celebrate with the Create Grant recipients through activities and a Q&A panel. GCAN are hosting a digital festival-style sharing event to showcase what the recent recipients of our new Create Grant have achieved through their funded projects from January to March 2021. 

The Create Grant is funded through Glasgow City Council's Glasgow Communities Fund.  Each of the four recently funded creative projects will demonstrate examples of the kinds of activities they have delivered in partnership with communities and groups, with help from their Create Grant. 

The Line Up

  • Baltic Street Playground highlighting their project 'Creative Connections'
  • Lewis Sherlock highlighting his project 'The Cards
  • Rumpus Room highlighting their project 'Actions for Fare & Care'
  • John Martin Fulton highlighting the 'You Can Create' project at Zennistoun Hub.

Read more and register here.
 
Jobs
Artistic Director Dance Base

Closing dates:  12 May for expressions of interests & 14 June full applications 

After 27 years Morag Deyes MBE will be passing on the role of Artistic Director in September 2021 and will bid her final farewells after delivering our 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.
Dance Base are now welcoming expressions of interest for this role.
They say:

If Dance Base is a place for all dance artists to feel at home, then the Artistic Director is the host; ensuring the welcome is as broad as possible, providing a range of support and opportunities that are open to many as well as more tailored help for individuals at important points in their careers. You’ll draw on your own experience as an artist who has worked in dance or movement.

We’re advertising the role on a four-year term – we see this as the right period for a talented individual to build on what’s been achieved and bring their own artistic vision to the organisation, while ensuring that others can prepare to take the opportunity later. 


See here for more information on the new role and here for more about Moarg's announcement. 
 
Events & Performance
Take Me Somwehere
21 May - 5 June 2021
Programme Announced

As the world begins to open some of its doors, our theatres remain closed… and so Take Me Somewhere has crafted an online festival programme for 2021 that will take you beyond the computer screen. True to the festival’s name and spirit, artists in the programme will invite you to immerse yourself completely in the work, whilst holding your (virtual) hand and taking you on a journey… somewhere.

Take Me Somewhere 2021 features over 40 works, shows and events, including:

An intimate, meditative performance featuring a dancer and her dog;
An unexpected encounter with a stranger on the phone;
An exercise class that doubles up as a critical whiteness lecture;
A cable-access style show featuring three world-famous drag queens;
A late night, candlelit pirate radio station on Zoom;
A digital festival foyer, with art pop happenings and DJ sets;
A Québec Focus featuring film & performance works from Québecois makers
The return of sister festival, the beloved BUZZCUT, which takes over the final weekend.

And loads more, browse the full line up here.
 
Image: Mele Broomes, Wrapped Up In This, photo credit Take Me Somewhere
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