Your Call is one of the many and varied artists commissions Dance Base Scotland has been proud to initiate thanks to a support from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland via the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund – essential funding support for the sector which aims to reconnect artists, audiences and venues after this time of separation.
The Your Call commission focuses on screendance, giving creative expression to dance film makers, and what a wonderful array of stories are now waiting to be told. With a total commission fund of £20,000 the four chosen projects bring together diverse communities from the nation, sharing tales of how dance has changed the lives of elders, young dancers, marginalised groups, as well as the mystery and magic of the remote islands.
The four artists will receive mentoring from award-winning screendance artist and Dance Base Associate Artists Katrina McPherson as part of their commission, and the final films will be completed by the end of March 2021.
The commissions were allocated by a panel consisting of Dance Base’s Artistic Director Morag Deyes, Dance Base’s Dance Health Manager Meghan Bidwell, Katrina McPherson and members from the Dance Base Artist Advisory Group. The panel were thrilled by the proposals and we can’t wait to share the results with you in the new year.
Elaine Kordys (Spin Turn Creative Moment)
6 women – A creative conversation (working title)
6 Women – a creative conversation will be a film that ignites new connections between 3 women who presently live in care homes with 3 women who work as artists in Scotland. Dance, stories and ideas will act as a bridge between these individuals generating a new film unique to this time and these people.
Using interview, archive material and a cast of past and current members of Mid Argyll Community Dancers, this hybrid documentary/dance film will look at the work of Anne Beckitt whose teaching career spans decades and unites generations in a scattered rural community on the West Coast of Scotland.
Hayley Earlam & Lucy Wild (Overdrive Dance Company)
Overdrive Dance Company, an initiative that promotes dance for boys and young men in Glasgow, are excited to create Status: Changed in 2021. Working with choreographers Hayley Earlam and Lucy Wild, the company will collaboratively work together to reimagine a work made initially for the stage translated into work for the screen. Before lockdown, the company was preparing to premiere their latest work however this was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the work remains unseen. Status: Changed was made in response to the young people’s concerns about the current political climate and what it is like to be a young person today. Status: Changed, the screen dance, will be made in close collaboration with the young cast and seeks to acknowledge, listen and celebrate young people today.
Laura Cameron-Lewis & Ruth Mills
A film in three parts, created and shot by an entirely female team. A series of ‘witch’ dances explore gestural language from paintings, etchings and our own bodies in the landscape – the embodied knowledge of women. We will work with women in the Hebrides, landscape, and fragments of women’s knowledge of embodied science. Exploring a vocal inner landscape of women’s keening songs (whose tunes became the melodies in the Pìob Mòr that were played to lament the dead and carry them into the next life on the battlefields), we will work with breath and incantations from the Carmina Gaedelica, and the haunting pipe music of Brìghde Chaimbeul. We take inspiration from the Gaelic Beul-Aithris (oral history) of women in childbirth/midwifery, sex and marriage, and death and death rites. Using the lens to meditate on the recurring motifs of threes, we aim to rediscover our indigenous relationships between spirit, the body, and the environment.