We are delighted to announce the two collaborative projects which have been commissioned as part of our 35th Birthday New New Dance Radicals season. These commissions are made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Choreographer’s Gallery Trust and investment from Arts Council England.
The selection panel for the commissions was made up Chisenhale Members Paul Hughes, Jamila Johnson-Small, Es Morgan, Carolyn Roy and Executive Producer Daniel Pitt.
Work in development presentations of both commissions will be showcased on Saturday 8th December at Chisenhale Dance from 6pm, followed by Chisenhale’s 35th Birthday Party Fundraiser from 8.30pm.
Angela Andrew and Othella Dallas
Fun fact, I attended a Lindy Hop workshop in 1987 and re-discovered Chisenhale in 2013.
Othella Dallas was a principle dancer of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company in the early 1940’s. At 93 years young she is a carrier of an academic and corporal knowledge of the integration of African centred dances.
RADICAL: forming the root, inherent
The work is about legacy, about the transmission of dance via DNA. It’s a political dance around the politics of dance. It’s about me doing applied mathematics on the radical of black dance.
Surrounded by originators of African-American Jazz dance, my training happened informally as I assisted the elders in and out of the teaching environment. The work is to develop the knowledge gained, to refine it and then to propagate it, NOT to share it.
The idea is that one can be ‘a part of the knowledge’ but one does not own it. Only a transient player. The definition of ‘it’ is the work / research.
Angela has been a Chisenhale Dance Member since 2015.
Jacky Lansley and Grace Nicol
R-AGE is a conversation through dance, image and performance between a ‘young’ woman and an ‘older’ woman. The aim is to explore the power of women working together across generations and examine questions about women and age, including those frustrating generalisations which frame women as never being the right age.
Drawing on their working relationship and friendship over the last four years, Jacky Lansley and Grace Nicol will collaborate on devising a cross-disciplinary score, which will engage the audience in a series of challenging, humorous and radical questions about women, power, art and age.
Jacky and Grace consider their artistic dialogue as highly topical in a polarised Brexit Britain, in which conservative driven austerity has divided generations. Through performance, they will explore finding a common and intergenerational language that can contribute to positive collective action around these issues, within the arts and beyond.
Jacky is proud to be an original founder member of Chisenhale Dance Space and its predecessor X6 Dance Space. Grace has recently become a Chisenhale Dance Member after longstanding relationships with other Members.
Work in development presentations of both commissions will be showcased on Saturday 8th December at Chisenhale Dance from 6pm, followed by Chisenhale’s 35th Birthday Party Fundraiser from 8.30pm