We are delighted to announce that the 2024 Dance Base & Scottish Dance Theatre Choreographer placement will be awarded to Malcolm Sutherland.
Now in its second year following its highly successful start in 2023, this opportunity supports a local artist’s professional development in the context of a repertory dance company.
Malcolm will undertake a week of research and experimentation with the full Scottish Dance Theatre company, gaining experience of repertory company work, being supported in building his own ideas, and receiving invaluable experience in a safe, supportive and inclusive studio environment.
Following an open call application process, Malcolm’s residency week will take place later this year. He shared; “I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this placement with Scottish Dance Theatre and I feel very fortunate to be able to begin the new year with this creative opportunity. This experience will allow me to work with a high-level ensemble and enables me to test how my methods and ideas work within a company context.”
In his residency, Malcolm intends to focus is on exploring the interplay between memory and perspective in performance. He said, “I’m intrigued by whose viewpoint shapes our interpretation of events—be it the choreographer’s, performer’s, or audience’s.” Inspired by Park Chan-Wook’s film “The Handmaiden,” he plans to manipulate choreography to unveil different sides of the same movement, altering the viewer’s understanding through concealed and revealed layers. This includes exploring kinaesthetic empathy and aesthetic distancing, delving into how witnessing the same movement from various perspectives influences interpretation.
Kirsty Somerville, Dance Base’s head of Professional Dance Programming, commented, “Dance Base is so pleased to have been able to work with Scottish Dance Theatre to offer this Choreographer Placement role for the second year and to welcome Malcolm Sutherland into this position. Malcolm has a clear artistic voice and creative style and we are excited for the fresh perspective he will bring to the company, and for how the experience of working in a rep company context will impact his work moving forward.”
Speaking on the goals of this placement, Joan Clevillé, Artistic Director at Scottish Dance Theatre said, “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Dance Base, and to be welcoming Scottish choreographer Malcolm Sutherland to the studio this February. His choreographic craft and artistic vision are a wonderful match for the company, and we look forward to exchange and learn from each other in this week of research.”
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