Last year I was awarded a place through IdeasTap to take part in a residency at mac, Birmingham with Rosie Kay, with the aim to develop the creative and business skills of emerging artists. Dance Lab was attended by a mixture of people, each with a unique experience of performance and performance making, some were dance artists or choreographers and others were set designers or theatre directors. The group was really mixed and this allowed us to share, experience and explore outside of our own comfort zones and disciplines. We discussed, made, danced, investigated and questioned variety of interests and topics. Some of the topics we covered were:
Defining Your Passion
Business Models and Company Structures
The documentary above was filmed and edited by Katherine Hannaford for Rosie Kay’s IdeasTap Dance Lab at mac, Birmingham. Below are some of my findings and questions collated from my time at Dance Lab:
“Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” – Frederick Buechner (Theologian)
- Turn rejection into success and allow the fear of failing drive you, not drain you
- What holds us back?
- What is the subject matter and where does it come from?
- Use everyday opportunities (e.g. teaching a dance class) towards personal research
“The world does not define us, we define our world.”
- Always keep a notebook, treat it like your train of thought
- Own what you do.
“Making is not a quick process, allow it the time that it deserves.”
- What is the set-up of collaboration? What are the barriers?
- We long for the enthusiasm, support and interaction with others.
“Knowledge itself is power.” Sir Francis Bacon (Philosopher)
- Be truthful. Be sincere.
- Let it go.
Also during this residency, we took part in a networking event at mac, with local producers, artists and arts managers. I had a ‘speed date’ with Rosie Kay, Hannah Sharpe, Dan Whitehouse, Paul Burns, Charlotte Gregory, Amy Martin, Lara Ratnaraja, Adam Rutherford and Chris Vann. I was able to connect with people who worked within the regional arts sector and share a bit about my practice, as well as grab hold of some really great tips!
At the end of the residency, the participants of Dance Lab, Rosie and Dan hosted a forum that discussed our experiences within the arts sector in an open way and a video was also shown at this event, that documented our time at mac. Local artists were also invited to attend and this again, was a great opportunity to meet new people in the region. After this, we were lucky enough to be handed some shiny tickets to round off the week and watch Rosie’s new work, This Is Hope. I feel that the whole experience came at a great time for me as a recent graduate, demystifying the transition into the Professional World.