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Artist Residency Programme

Past Projects

Emilia Robinson and Sara Ismail

Emilia Robinson and Sara Ismail were the studio’s first ARP residency and through the process the duo were able to expand their ongoing collaboration. Their practice, alongside sound artist and collaborator Lloyd Allen, is autobiographical in focus and explores shared personal experiences. During the residency they used the R & D studio time to develop ideas and experiment with form through the investigation of dreams, wonder-lands and nightmares.

 “The Artist Residency Programme at Dance Research Studio offered us the best R&D opportunity we could have hoped for.  It provided us the physical and mental space, and place, to re-examine our main premise. The support we received from our mentors Fergus Early and Jacky Lansley was crucial to the development of our work, and the process by which we make. ARP gave us the time to create at a pace that has been most productive for our work.”

Blink Dance Theatre

Blink Dance Theatre includes performance practitioners Delson Weeks, Francis Majekodunmi, Katherine Gill, Vicki Anderson and guest sound artist Mathew Hawkins. The company’s project, Four Corners, had been shown previously at Amici Open Door event and at Motus Dance Festival and was developed further during their residency with support from experienced mentors. The company used the R & D studio time at DRS to develop their innovative and interdisciplinary work which explored everyday actions, objects and sounds to uncover wider and more personal themes concerning race, gender and disability.

“As emerging artists it is a huge challenge for us to find support to spend time researching and developing work in a process which allows time and space for reflection.  To be able to access this support and to receive guidance from leading practitioners was a fantastic opportunity for us. The Artist Residency Programme at DRS is a unique opportunity and without it would have been nearly impossible for us to research and develop Four Corners in this way.”

Eleven Farrer House

DRS welcomed Eleven Farrer House to the residency programme in March 2015. The company is a collaborative enterprise involving Gaelin Little, Tara Silverthorn, Lucille Teppa and Cat Westwood. During ARP, Eleven Farrer House developed their work Species of Spaces a project which they described as a catalogue of many choreographic works. Through this framework, the company worked with chance, authorship and audience performer relations.

“Dance Research Studio is a friendly, peaceful and open environment which provided the perfect conditions for us to work independently and efficiently.We are very much aware that benefiting from complementary rehearsal space is a rare opportunity for London-based professional dance artists so we were very proud to receive the trust and support of an independent research centre such as Dance Research Studio”. 

Susan Kempster

Susan Kempster, working with collaborators Julia Warr, Nicholas Minns and Jodie Cole, completed her Artist Residency at the end of 2015 with an informal sharing of process and discussion at the studio. Susan sees the body as the storehouse of information, memory and knowledge and is interested in how the imagination can come alive when there is a state of resonance and deep connection between body and space. The group used the time and mentoring provided by DRS to explore these ideas and take full advantage of a research space offered without pressure to produce.

 “For me it has been invaluable, a place to articulate thoughts and work through questions…it has also been a place of joy and camaraderie!”

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