I am so, so, so happy to announce I've been awarded the Dance Artist Bursary from Janice Parker Projects and Saltire Society. I'm over the moon with this announcement! This bursary offers financial support towards a new project, mentoring and professional development from JPP and a year membership to the Saltire Society. With this opportunity I will develop my first full dance work, One way or another (working title) which will physically explore the oppositional binaries in our dualistic culture. This performance also aims to articulate different choreographies of a dyspraxic identity and where this identity sits on the continuum of difference. As well as working alongside Janice and the team at JPP, I'll be in the company of the brilliant visual artist Molly Mae Whawell and creative producer Daisy Douglas in the making of the project. I'm also really excited to gather together a group of local dyspraxic people during the research phase, where I will be facilitating inclusive workshops in order to interrogate dyspraxic movement from a range of participants!
I had the total pleasure of attending the Saltire Society's 80th birthday bash at The Oran Mor this week where my award was announced. It was a wonderful evening with food, and ginger beer, and ceilidhing, and music, as well as lovely company. I spent the evening with the JPP team as well as the very brilliant Saffy Setohny who was awarded the Scottish Dance Theatre Emerging Choreographer Bursary. Congratulations to Saffy also!
Watch this space! There's so much to reveal about this project and its development, so keep those eyes peeled!