The Work Room: 10 years and beyond

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The Glasgow based artist-led dance organisation, The Work Room, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday 7 June 2018. Established in 2008 by a group of artists who agitated for space and resource for dance in the city, the Work Room’s studio at Tramway was created as part of Scottish Ballet’s capital development. The Work Room works with choreographers from across Scotland to research and develop new creative projects.

Thursday 7 June 2018
19.30 ’til late
The Art School (20 Scott Street, Glasgow)
Tickets: £8 - £20
Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite - check for details.

Driven by the passion and commitment of its members, staff and board, The Work Room has been successful in enhancing the conditions in which the independent dance sector in Scotland makes work and in increasing its visibility across the UK and beyond.

Over the past ten years, The Work Room has hosted over 250 artist–led residencies, involving more than 500 artistic collaborators with work being developed within its studio and then produced, presented and toured in Scotland, across the UK and internationally.

Anita Clark, Director, The Work Room said: 'The pioneering vision of the group of artists who created The Work Room continues to inform how we work with an ethos that is artist-led, independent and committed to research and practice. Our strength is in over 130 individual members; a powerful community of connections, experience and skills representing a multitude of artistic practices and at different stages of their careers.’

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Work Room is organising a birthday and fundraising event at The Art School on Thursday 7th June.

The evening will consist of performances, music, film, DJs and food and has been programmed by The Work Room members - Claricia Kruithof, Jer Reid, Skye Reynolds, Lucy Suggate and Aniela Piasecka.

Performances include Janis Claxton Dance’s acclaimed POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) by the award-winning choreographer Janis Claxton and composer Pippa Murphy; what began as a text message to her friend, forms a dance solo by performer and choreographer Charlotte McLean; Heroes - an aerial dance theatre duet by All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre that takes a look at who our idols are; V/DA, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative company, which crosses the lines between dance, theatre and music presents Displays, a work-in-progress from Mele Broomes with sound manipulation by Letitia Pleiades; Emi Ori Cse by Ashanti Harris, a performance which draws upon Yoruba culture and builds parallels between Ochun and the journey that Orichá culture has taken to the Caribbean, bringing in references of masquerade and concept of a mask; Adam Sloan's 123 Welcome from Us, a short piece of contemporary dance theatre that takes the audience on a journey back to the 1940s; and The Faery Trail by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao, an installation bringing magical creatures to life using miniature projections onto the natural surfaces such as trees and grass. The installation idea won the Launchpad commission for Spectra Festival 2018 and premiered in Aberdeen during the festival where it was visited by over 90,000 visitors.

The event will also include music from Ilk - a band with taiko at its heart (Japanese drums, Georgie McGeown and Alison Roe), guitar (Jer Reid), bass (Ali Begbie) and violin (Rafe Fitzpatrick). The hosts for the evening will be MCs, Kandy Ikon and Tony Thrills, and will end with a DJ set from Letitia Pleiades and Sarra Wild.

The night will also see the launch of a new fundraising initiative, Beyond - to support and nurture artist-led dance projects beyond the dance studio. Beyond will enable The Work Room artists to experiment and collaborate on new projects connecting more people to dance. By signing up, people will be directly supporting dance artists in Scotland as all money raised goes straight to this new initiative.

Anita Clark added: ‘We are marking 10 years in the best way we can imagine– bringing people together to experiencing performances from our members and to launch a new programme to encourage more people to support dance.’ 

The Work Room is funded by Creative Scotland as an RFO, and by Glasgow City Council. Studio and office space at Tramway is gifted on an in-kind basis through Glasgow Life.

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