Finn Beames and Paloma Gormley
Researching the significance of spatial agency in contemporary urban society, with four dancers and 5,000 compressed earth blocks.
“Being part of the JCRP means having access to a totally unique kind of support. Having the backing of not one but multiple organisations, all of whom produce brilliant work, means we can head into the unknown with confidence, inspired and energised by a collective belief in our nascent ideas. This rare level of trust is characteristic of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and DanceXchange, and we know how lucky we are to be working with LIFT and to be supported by Southbank Centre, The Lowry, Pavilion Dance South West and Stone Nest. We’re thrilled to be involved and can’t wait to begin our research.”
Dan Daw and Mark Maughan
Dissecting the notion of “inspiration” and exploring the wider notions of inspiration beyond disability and its relationship to audience need and expectation.
“Recent events in the news have led me to want to question why we think, feel and believe the things we do. Receiving this support is absolutely brilliant. Furthering my choreographic practice by collaborating with theatre director, Mark Maughan allows me to investigate how choreography and dramaturgy can intersect to prompt an audience’s understanding of the origins of their own inspiration. This research support has come at an important time as I take my practice one step further to make work on an ensemble, rather than having work being made on me.”
New Movement Collective and Bill Vorn
Developing the potential of audience-wearable robotic structures to expand the perception of where choreography exists and the evolving role of machines in relation to the human body.
“New Movement Collective are thrilled to be the recipients of the JCRP II and excited about the new research this unique award will enable. We would like to thank all the contributors to the project and look forward to working with our associated artists and partners.”
‘Rain Dances’ will experiment with new relationships between performance and weather, in particular with rain and exploring the chorographic possibilities that emerge when you step into the rain and embrace the downpour.
“This research project is a journey into the total unknown for both my collaborator Laura and myself; a first few tentative steps towards imagining a new relationship between performance and the natural world. I can think of no better context in which to begin that journey than that provided by the JCRPII. We’re really grateful for the support we’ve received and excited at the range of organisations that are joining us as we venture out into the rain.”
Sasha Milavic Davies and Lucy Railton
Research into everyday female gesture and traditional women’s dance from around the world, and exploring large-scale participation for women of all backgrounds, ages and professions.
“Securing JCRP funding is a major stepping stone for our research. Rarely do you come across a fund that is willing to commit both substantial financial support as well as mentoring and in-kind assistance at the fragile research stages of a project. The JCRP will enable us to get over 50 people in a room to test our ideas about female movement in a serious and committed way. It feels like the research stage is the hardest, getting off the ground in order to pick up momentum is difficult on your own. The JCRP – all the weight and power of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, DanceXchange, Sadler’s Wells and all the amazing companies that contribute to this enterprise – is exactly the driver that will make this momentum possible.”
Exploring the choreographic potential of two silent physical languages not seen as dance – Kung Fu and Sign Language.
“Research time for an artist feels like the holy grail. I’m really grateful for much needed support for thinking space with some collaborators I’ve been dying to work with, and to start something in a direction I’ve been building towards for some time now.”
Research into a sculptural interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring through dance and building with clay.
“I am thrilled to receive support through the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project and am looking forward to working with artist collaborators and partner organisations to research in depth a project I have felt fascinated with and passionate about for a long time.”
Nikki and JD
An investigation into how the physical risk and fear of acrobatic movements can affect choreographic narrative.
“JCRP II is the perfect support at the perfect time. Having just completed the tour of our first show, we were unsure of how we would get the funding to explore our next ideas. With JCRP II, we not only have the funding, but an incredible network of supporters behind us. Thank you!”