Café Choreographique at The Point sees emerging artists gain pivotal support

On Saturday 15th October The Point presented Café Choreographique in the venue’s on-site Creation Space, as part of the hubs New Dimensions in Dance strand.

Six artists joined Agent for Dance Excellence KJ Mortimer and Creative Producer at The Point Sacha Lee for an afternoon of sharing and constructive feedback. Sacha led an open discussion between audience and artist, utilising Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process to enable artists to gain a rich developmental experience.

Developed to support emerging and established dance artists based in the south of the country, Café Choreographique is a studio event for choreographers, artists and practitioners. The popular scheme encourages those involved to look deeper into their practice to create meaning from what they present, while receiving pivotal feedback from industry professionals. All six participants at this autumn’s platform agreed that it was a beneficial scheme that greatly informed the continued development of their current works-in-progress.

The artists and their work is listed below:

  • Elisha Hamiltion, Artistic Director of Elisha Hamilton Dance, presented RETALE
  • Crystal Zillwood presented These Hands
  • Jacob Bray, Artistic Director of Shades of Bray, presented Head over Heels
  • Victoria Fox presented TRIBE
  • Richard Chappel, Artistic Director of Richard Chappell Dance, presented Little Gidding
  • Lucille Teppa, in collaboration with Eleven Farrer House, presented Species of Spaces

“Thank you… for organising this event so well and setting up a very supporting environment for artists to show their work in the best conditions possible. We feel that Café chorégraphique has been very beneficial to us, and to the work, on many levels.”                                  – Participant, Eleven Farrer House

At the event each artist presented a work in progress, excerpt of choreographic material or ideas for the growth of their current project. Two participants are currently being mentored by KJ Mortimer as part of her Arts Council England funded project Grad-Lab. During periods of development and rehearsal, Grab-Lab mentees have been invited to The Point to use the Creation Space and Studio Theatre to work with performers and receive advice from the wider creative team at informal sharing sessions.

Café Choreographique welcomed an array of exciting artists at divergent stages of their career. Victoria Fox attended as an independent artist, funded by Arts Council England in her reemergence as a performer. Jacbob Bray and Elisha Hamilton are both recent graduates and Richard Chappell has undertaken two UK tours while creating three dance films. This event unites artists of all levels and experiences to share and inform.

The Point is passionate about the arts and dedicated to the development of emerging and established artists and companies, each year supporting an array of exciting performance makers in their creation of bold new works. Café Choreographique will return in the New Year to assist more artists in their creative practice. Watch this space.

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Photo credit: James Finnemore

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