News: Compass Live - Compass Commission 2017

Tuesday 16 May 2017

We will be speaking live to the 2017 Compass Commission choreographers to hear about their new work, approach to choreography and more on the 01 June. Before then, we round-up all you need to know about the programme and this year’s artists.

Compass Commission – a Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership commissioning programme – is now in its fourth year supporting selected UK-based artists throughout the process of creation. This year’s selected artists are:

Julie Cunningham

Julie will be exploring the Sarah Kane play Crave as inspiration for a new theatre-based work, looking at themes of mental health/illness, featuring theatre as well as dance artists.

Julie says, “I am thrilled to be working with the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership on this new work, which will give me the opportunity to experiment with text and choreography.”

Charlotte Spencer

Charlotte will create a site-responsive, head-phoned live performance titled Is This a Wasteland? continuing her work bringing choreography to urban spaces. This new work will invite audiences to participate in conversations about sustainable methods of living.

Charlotte Spencer says, “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered a Compass Commission to support the creation of this new work. Raising money for ambitious and experimental projects is always a challenge, particularly in the current financial climate, and so I am honoured that the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership have decided to step out onto this journey with me.”

Laura Dannequin with Stephanie McMann

Laura will join forces with Stephanie for the first time to dig into a choreographic territory that embraces abandon, precision and ‘untamednesss’ in equal measure. The duo will work closely with drummer Rachel Horwood for the creation of this site-responsive work.

Laura says, “I’m feeling incredibly grateful to be in receipt of a Compass Commission, which will support us in unearthing what the impulse to embark on this collaborative venture is all about.”

Post your questions for Julie, Charlotte, Laura and Stephanie on the LondonDance Facebook page.

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