Commissions

November 2019: Two commissions announced for new dance works

Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) and partners are delighted to announce the recipients of their first two commissions for creating new dance works in the North West of England:

* Movema will present ‘Taking Flight’ at SpareParts Festivals in July 2020 and Now Northwich in October 2020.

* Company Carpi will present a new work in Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster Arts in October 2020.

The two dance companies were selected by the co-commissioning partners from over twenty high quality applications as the most exciting projects which would respond imaginatively to the specific locations and themes of the festivals and gallery spaces. Following their public presentation in 2020, it is hoped that at least one of the works will tour more extensively in 2021.

Ivan Wadeson, Partnerships Director DCNW said: “I'm thrilled that the commissioning partners are able to support such exciting work that will really stretch the practice of both companies and help raise their profile regionally and nationally”

Taking Flight’ will be inspired by Movema’s experiences of migration and also those of the refugee and asylum seeker communities with whom they work. Working closely with the Lantern Company, the work will use the concepts of symbolic birds to represent 4 futuristic cyborg ‘flocks’ whose bodies are part aircraft, part bird, part human: the Phoenix from Chinese culture, the Peacock from Indian culture, the Sankofa bird from Ghanaian culture and the Liver Bird to represent British/Irish culture.  Movema was founded in Liverpool in 2009 by Penny Caffrey, Ithalia Forel, Maria Malone and Pei Tong.  Each member brings a specific dance style, culture and identity to the collective who combine modern and traditional world dance styles with cutting edge theatre practices to create performance work featuring professional and community performers of all ages and backgrounds.

Maria Malone, co-Artistic Director of Movema said “As birds move, migrate, nest and travel, they encapsulate humankind's desire for freedom, crossing borders, exploring boundaries, discovering new worlds. Modern engineering and the development of commercial, military and private aircraft allow humans the opportunity to experience flight, to connect with others and expand the range of human capability and power.  We will explore movement inspired by themes such as bird flight, passage, crossing, bridging lands and transport of the future as the stimulus for exploring issues of personal freedom, migration and adaptation, working with our signature world dance styles.

Company Carpi’s new work will look at how creation and destruction are linked, inspired in part by the Ursula K Le Guin quotation “When you light a candle you also cast a shadow”.  In the light of the current climate crisis we face, the work asks what we need to build before something can be changed or destroyed and investigates how we all have the power to effect change.

Choreographed by Bettina Carpi with a soundtrack by composer Gary Lloyd presented in surround sound and incorporating text specially commissioned for the piece, this work features three dancers and will combine all these elements to create a world in flux, never still and always breathing, a world with new possibilities and unexpected endings.

Bettina said “Within the works I have choreographed, collaborated on and contributed to I have always enjoyed performing and presenting work in non-traditional spaces, taking on the challenges of each new space, finding creative solutions and using spatial challenges to frame the work in imaginative ways.  My aim is to be creatively brave whilst devising something that speaks both to the non-dance audience and the dance-savvy expert”.

Bettina Carpi is an independent dance artist based in the Chester.  She trained at London Contemporary Dance School and subsequently worked as a dancer for various companies and choreographers, most notably with Candoco Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Marc Brew Dance Company, Annie Pui Ling Lok and Joe Moran.  Company Carpi was established in 2017 by Bettina and her husband the composer Gary Lloyd.  

 

Dance Consortia North West is supported by Arts Council England.

 


ABOUT DCNW


The Consortia is a partnership of dance development organisations, venues, companies, independent artists and HE institutions that have co-authored its purpose, ambition and values and secured Arts Council England investment. Established in 2016, it operates through a range of working groups intent on championing dance and inspiring audiences, artists and professionals of today and tomorrow. Cheshire Dance is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is acting as the accountable body for funding relationships for DCNW and employer of this post. For further information, please contact Adam Holloway, Director of Cheshire Dance, on 01606 861770.


The Consortia is a partnership of dance development organisations, venues, companies, independent artists and HE institutions that have co-authored its purpose, ambition and values and secured Arts Council England investment. First established 2 years ago without any funding, it operates through a range of working groups intent on championing dance and inspiring the audiences, artists and professionals of today and tomorrow. Cheshire Dance is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is acting as the accountable body for funding relationships for DCNW and employer of the Partnerships Director post. For further information, please contact Adam Holloway, Director of Cheshire Dance, on 01606 861770.


Dance Consortia North West Partners (Updated Sept 2019)

Executive Group
Artists
Bluecoat
Cheshire Dance
Co. Chameleon
Culture Warrington
Higher Education Reps
Lancaster Arts
Ludus Dance
Merseyside Dance Initiative
The Lowry
Wired Aerial
Independent Chair, Sue Harrison
Arts Council England observer(s)

Connected Groups
Dance HE NW Consortium
Edge Hill University
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Hope University
LIPA
Salford University
University of Bolton
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Cumbria

Artist Led For Artists (ALFA)
ALFA is a 100+ strong, open membership group of NW dance artists.  It has come together to advocate for dance artists, their connections to the wider dance sector, champion diversity and visibility of artists as well as share resources and knowledge to further the development of the art of dance.

Venues Group
Albert Halls, Bolton
Blackpool Grand
Bluecoat, Liverpool
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
Contact, Manchester
Dance House, Manchester
HOME, Manchester
Lyceum, Crewe
Storyhouse, Chester
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
The Lowry, Salford
New Adelphi, Salford University
Unity Theatre, Liverpool