Surrey Dance 21 - Context
Throughout 2021 and into 2022, there is a campaign taking place in Surrey to draw more attention to the significant impacts that dance and movement can have in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in work, in play, in all spaces and places.
Through the Surrey Dance 21 programme (SD21), and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Partnership Surrey hope to provide opportunities for dance professionals in the county and beyond to link up, find out more, try out new ideas and - specifically for those living/working in Surrey - to apply for seed funding to make their new project ideas a reality from 2022 onwards.
As an extension of the SD21 ‘Adapting to Place’ theme for September, we’re thrilled to be adding an in-person workshop on Friday 22nd October with celebrated choreographer Rosemary Lee.
Surrey Dance 21 is working with Surrey Hills Arts to support Rosemary Lee’s creation of a new site-responsive work. This will take place at West Horsley Place, a medieval manor house and estate with a programme focusing on the arts, heritage and nature. Rosemary’s commission explores the walled orchard and will result in a series of digital portraits that emerge from her intergenerational choreography.
As development for the project, Rosemary is offering a CPD day aimed primarily at dance artists living and/or working in Surrey, but also open to others from outside the county. She will present her work, using films and stills, sharing her process and inspirations. She will then lead a workshop in the orchard and surrounds of West Horsley Place leading the participants in movement explorations and sharing with them her initial ideas for the new project she is creating there.
Rosemary has been making work for over 30 years now. Her work is often outdoors and often involves a cast of professional and non-professional performers of all ages. She makes live work, films and installations in a wide variety of contexts. This workshop will give participants a chance to learn more about her practice and ask questions, as well as offering a chance to move together outdoors. Rosemary is keen to support participants in their own practice and facilitate time to discuss and share practitioners' own challenges and delights.
DATE: Friday 22nd October
LOCATION: West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN.
Free parking available. Please note the West Horsley Place car park is a 3 minute walk from the manor house and gardens. Guests who have restricted mobility may be dropped off in front of the manor house. (More access information for the house available here - https://www.westhorsleyplace.org/access )
Nearest station: Horsley (please note that Horsley Station is 30 mins walk from West Horsley Place)
How to book
For more information and to book your free place, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th October at 5pm. Please note that there is limited capacity for the event so do keep Lucy updated if you need to cancel your booking as we may be able to invite someone from the waiting list to join in your place.
When making your booking please let us know if you have any special requirements in order to be able to access the session. Artists living/working in Surrey can also apply for funding to support any costs of attending these sessions where needed (e.g. cost of travel), so do include details of any requests in your email to Lucy.
What to bring
Please come prepared with comfortable footwear to keep you dry, layers of clothing, as we may go out whatever the weather and bring a notebook if you would like to make notes. We will work indoors too in a space that is not a dance studio so bringing indoor footwear you are happy dancing in might be advisable.
We are in the process of confirming what refreshment facilities will be available on the day and will let attendees know about this nearer the time.
Who are the SD21 CPD events for?
These professional development events have been designed in response to consultation with dance professionals living/working in Surrey and neighbouring counties but are open to everyone.
Would particularly suit those with an interest in using dance and movement to respond to specific sites, spaces and places, whether you are an artist, practitioner or producer or would like to see your venue brought to life through dance for example.
If you’re living/working in Surrey already, these events could provide a stepping stone to a new idea or collaboration for which you might want to apply for seed funding in 2022. If you don’t live in the area but would like to initiate new links in the county, you could find out a bit more about some of the people working here, or simply join in to find out more about the ‘Adapting to Place’ theme, and other themes later in the year (please note that the dates on this CPD outline are subject to change). Sign up to the SD21 mailing list to find out more: https://surreydance21.com/ .