By: Billie Marriott
Grad-Lab, a project run in association with The Point, Eastleigh, and the New Dimensions in Dance scheme, aims to support the next generation of dancing talent. It offers a range of workshops in marketing; freelancing; employability; costume and company set up.
This is the second year of the project, following last year’s successful pilot run. The 2017-2018 project commissions 4 new works from 3 graduate choreographers, 7 graduate dancers, 1 graduate administrator and 1 work from a supported graduate company.
Grad-Lab has 7 performances lined up, with one in our very own ShowRoom;
- 9 Oct, University of Chichester
- 10 Oct, The Spring in Havant (as a part of platform FRESH)
- 31 Oct, University of Winchester
- 3 Nov, The Point as feedback session in Café Choreographique
- 16 Nov, Adjustments from Motus in Milton Keynes
- January 2018 – 3 separate evenings at Resolution – The Place, London
- 9 February, Bedales School, Petersfield
University of Chichester lecturer, and Grad-Lab founder and project manager, KJ Mortimer says,
“Supporting the next generation of dance artists is super important to continue to add to the dance ecology. If no one had supported me when I graduated, I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done thus far in my career. Now it’s my chance to support the next generation and give back knowledge and support.”
So bearing this in mind, let’s all go and support the work of these talented dancers and see them in the ShowRoom! Expect to see four amazing works with completely different visions.
If this project sounds like something of interest to you, look for The Point advertising from April next year. KJ talks about Grad-Lab, saying: “it’s a project that allows graduates the time, space and support to gather that extra bit of development before building their professional pathway.”
I believe this project is something of great importance for the dance community. It not only offers professional development classes but acts as a stepping stone for the difficult transition from university into the professional world.
Go online now and book your tickets at Dance Studio 1 for Monday’s performance on 9 October.