Residency Project Notes:
I want to use this residency to explore choreography outside of the fetters of commercial dance production. I want to bring bodies into the space and develop new work through group research. Our intended research will explore how we cover for/cover up/cover over issues around mental health in contemporary urban life.
Using my company of dancers, and invited guests, we will begin a project which aims to engage live performance and film. We will address identified vulnerable communities with regard to mental health – especially suicide and depression – and begin to invent a performance based tool for addressing these issues. A similar structure was used in my project Mirrors, which explored body image issues in dance.
The ability to explore movement as a group without direct outcome requirements will be an invigorating next stage in my choreography and our company repertory development.
American choreographer Melody Squire is known for creating visually stimulating work as well as her innate storytelling ability. Her versatility across dance genres makes her a choreographer in high demand. Melody often forms long-term collaborations with clients who consider her warm nature, efficiency and expertise problem solving skills highly valued.
Melody’s recent credits include: Selfridges, The Corrs, UK Music Video Awards, Fabletics, World Class Awards (Johannesburg, SA), So You Think You Can Dance UK, and the Dead Moon 3D which was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Short at the LA 3D Film Festival (USA).
Melody is the founder, choreographer and artistic director of Sol Dans Company, an award winning contemporary dance company that has successful produced narrative dance films in partnership with Great Lake Films and Arts Council England. She is an artist member of Chisenhale Dance Space.
Sol Dans Company is a London based dance company, renowned for creating dance that is accessible and enriching to diverse audiences. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Melody Squire, Sol Dans is known for its innovative movement, emotive content and dynamic athleticism.
w/c 18 September
w/c 25 September
30 September, 1pm-5pm