Turning Research Ideas Into Practice.


Research, development, networking and professional practice brought together.


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introduction

The project aims to address the needs of three groups: freelance professional dancers, choreographers and arts spaces, by bringing them together for short research and development residencies. Residencies range from 3 days to 2 weeks, and will take place all round UK with the possibility of some international residencies.


trip is run as a ‘priceless project’. Working with the ideal of intellectual and creative exchange, trip seeks to engage the currency of reliability, professionalism and networking rather than relying on external funding (although additional funding may be sought for specific projects).


More about Freelance Dancers and Choreographers


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Join the trip dancers pool

Freelance professional dancers:


Networking - showing choreographers how they work and what they bring to the rehearsal situation, and becoming familiar with the creative process of different choreographers.


Continuing professional development – to work in company style setting and hone techniques for working with a range of artists.


Employment opportunities: to be in on the ground floor for the creation of new work. Employment might include working as dancer but also in other roles such as choreography assistant on funded projects.


Membership:


Membership in the trip dancer pool is dependent on audition. Anyone can like trip on facebook to keep up-to-date with activity but only members of the trip dancer pool will be approached for residencies.

For the next audition date check out on our Facebook

or send us an email at trip@dancingstrong.com.

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Join the trip choreographers pool

Choreographers:


trip offers choreographers a UK based group of reliable, intelligent, professional dancers who want to work with them to develop new work.


trip offers choreographers a pool of reliable, intelligent, professional dancers who want to work with them to develop new work.


trip also offers to international choreographers, a group of dancers they can work with in UK at the stage before commission or at the very beginning stage of commissioned work.


trip offers choreographers dancers who they can return to pick-up ideas even if there has been a gap of a few months or even years between the first idea and further development.


Membership to the trip Choreographic pool:


Choreographers apply to be a member of the trip choreographic pool via email. Once a member of the pool they can initiate residences by suggesting a time they would like to work in UK.


Once a time is confirmed trip and the choreographer work together to solicit rehearsal space. If they go on to get funding to develop their work, choreographers make a commitment to consider involving the dancers and art spaces that supported their original trip residency.


Choreographers apply to be in the trip pool via email trip@dancingstrong.com.

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Join the trip space pool

Art Spaces:


Art Spaces need the vibrant energy of the creative process in order to realise their own ambitions.


Networking with dancers and choreographers allows the art space to plug into the dance and performance community at a practical level. Through this networking system, art space providers will also be introduced as possible partners when funding proposals are presented or works commissioned.


Membership to the trip space pool:


Art spaces and potential hosts are invited to contact trip by email trip@dancingstrong.com.


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More information

Freelance dancers do not have the opportunity to work continuously for long periods with companies and may find themselves caught in a series of relatively short term engagements, without experiencing the full collaborative spectrum of working with choreographers, researching, devising and development. A cycle can develop where a dancer may not have worked for a while and therefore is out of practice (not out of practice in terms of technique but out of practice in terms of working with a choreographer and group in the creative process), which leads to them not getting jobs because of lack of experience! These are skills that dancers in full time company contracts do not have to worry about but freelance artists have to learn how to work with different people and take on board different creative processes. This skill must be kept across down-time periods when they are not being contracted as a dancer.


trip offers a kind of professional development: Freelance professional dancers become members of the trip dancer pool. As members they are invited to short working intensives with choreographers across the year. Participation is based on availability therefore if they have a job during a residency in part of the year they do not sign on to that residency.


If a dancer is available they make a commitment to the whole residency time period. Choreographers work with the trip dancer pool on the understanding that where a work is developed to the point of funding and/or touring, they will return to their original collaborating trip dancers when considering employment opportunities.


Independent Choreographers need a space to try out initial ideas before they develop funding applications. They also need to know they can call on a group of reliable dancers who are familiar with their style of movement. Many choreographers need to develop a relationship with dancers in order to develop work. These are choreographers who do not pre-make work but need space to devise and receive feedback through seeing what the work looks like on different bodies.


Choreographers work internationally and need to know dancers in the countries they work in particularly if it is not the country they call home. trip offers international choreographers a group of dancers they can work with in UK at the stage before a commission or at the very beginning stage of commissioned work. Lastly, trip offers choreographers dancers who they can return to pick-up ideas even if there has been a few months or years! Between the first ideas and the further developments.


Choreographers apply for residences with the trip dancer pool through being a part of the trip choreography pool. Planning for residences is done as projects emerge.


Choreographers work with the trip dancer pool on the understanding that where a work is developed to the point of funding and/or touring, they will return to their original collaborating dancers when considering employment opportunities.


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