News: Sadler's Wells Summer University

Wednesday 16 March 2011

For the last five years The Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has been developing a unique professional research programme, offering development opportunities for dance artists. Its Cross Art Form Projects – bringing together artists from across different disciplines and giving them time to explore possibilities and create work specifically for large spaces – and without the pressure of looming performance dates, ‘the freedom to fail.’

It’s a policy which is working. Around 75% of the projects have gone on to be produced, programmed or commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and in the theatre’s current Spring season six productions have developed out of the Jerwood Studio – including visual artist Martin Creed’s work with five ballet dancers, flamenco star Maria Pagés work with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Javier de Frutos’ collaboration with Pet Shop Boys opening this month – The Most Incredible Thing .

The Sadler’s Wells Summer University is the latest initiative to come out of The Jerwood Studio and offers the chance for 15 young artists to work for a fortnight each summer over four years with prize winning choreographer and author Jonathan Burrows. The free course will focus on choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies. Director Emma Gladstone says: “The new Summer University is an important development of our Jerwood Studio research programme. For me the excitement is not only having someone of Jonathan Burrows caliber coming in to lead it, but also the fact that we are looking at a four year period of development with the same group of artists. It’s rare to be able to dream that far ahead”.

The deadline for applications for this year’s Summer University is Friday 11 April. Artists with up to five years choreographic experience are eligible. This can mean, for example, experienced dancers or performers who have recently started doing their own work, or younger choreographers who may have recently finished training.

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