News: Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban partnership new Compass Commissions

Friday 29 January 2016 by Carmel Smith

Rahel Vonmoos’  -'to find a place'. A Compass Commission. Photo: Stephen Berkeley-White

Stephanie Schober, Botis Seva and Tom Roden & Anna Williams have been selected to receive commissions in the Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership’s Compass scheme.

There were hundreds of applicants for this third round of the commissions, offering support and resources to develop new work which is either site-sensitive, theatre-based or for a family audience. The new works will be developed in 2016 and 2017.

Stephanie Schober will develop a site responsive piece, Tracing Gestures, using a range of visual media. Developed as a cross-art collaboration, the work will be supported by a team of visual artists to explore how we interact with one another. She said: “I feel honoured to be a part of [this] programme that wholeheartedly supports the development of innovative and risk-taking dance work. As an individual artist access to this kind of support network is crucial. It enables me and my collaborators to keep exploring new artistic territory and to fulfil our creative ideas, and it allows me to enter into dialogue with new audiences. There are so many amazing dance artists in the UK today who question and develop what the art form can be. We all depend on opportunities like this to be able to continue with our creative practice.”

Hip hop artist Botis Seva’s new theatre-based work will draw on inspiration from oriental traditions, mythology and physical priorities, merged with his distinctive experimental hip hop techniques. “Being awarded the Compass Commission is an amazing prospect, to be given the time, space and support to create a full show, is an opportunity that doesn’t come around all the time for artists,” he said. “I feel very grateful to be working with Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban on this new work, I am able to push hip hop theatre into a different environment for new audiences to gain a different insight.”

Tom Roden and Anna Williams’ The Building Dance Show (working title) is an immersive playroom-style show for a family audience. An interactive dance theatre performance, illustrated and animated by the audience and performers with hundreds of cardboard boxes.

As the only commissioning scheme funded by Arts Council England to be co-hosted by a Higher Education institution and a dance development agency, Compass Commissions is well-placed to offer a unique suite of support comprising both physical and intellectual resources. The programme enables innovative concepts to thrive by offering funds, extensive creation space, advice and production development support. In commissioning fully-realised performances, Compass Commissions allows companies to develop work with high production values which have the the potential to tour.

Artists who have been supported by a Compass Commission so far include Tara D’Arquian, Robin Dingemans, Mimbre, Nick Bryson, Wendy Houstoun, Sarah Dowling, Kath Duggan, Rahel Vonmoos and Dan Daw.

Photo: Rahel Vonmoos’ – to find a place. A Compass Commission. Photo: Stephen Berkeley-White

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