Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme (DEBS) 2018/2019

Errol White Au14

**Applications for 2018/19 are now closed. **

If you have graduated from full-time professional training in dance or related disciplines within the last two years then you are eligible to apply for a place on DEBS: Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme. Up to four dancers / physical performers are selected and the 2018/19 scheme includes:

·         Mentoring from two experienced dance artists
·         Free professional classes and workshops at Dance Base from September through to July of the
          following year 
·         Free selected community classes by negotiation
·         Up to two week-long group residencies at Dance Base
·         Free studio space, subject to availability

We are delighted to announce the DEBS mentors for 2018/19 will be Errol White & Davina Givan of White & Givan.

White & Givan are experienced, mature award-winning artists who have spent over a quarter of a century together, creating performances of the highest quality. Their work blends the disciplines of contemporary dance and theatre whilst exploring the theatricality of the human condition with the highly articulate and refined technique of these two performers. Paying equal attention to the theatrical form and the dance vocabulary the work focuses on the abstract in the characters, in the setting and in the narrative.

As a company they are a progressive and forward thinking creative/professional partnership. Errol & Davina are an experienced and communicative teaching team who are passionate and adept in training professional dance artists.

This mentoring programme will build upon participants' existing dance skills and experience, and offer opportunities to explore a range of ideas through creative, contemporary dance with emphasis on authentic movement vocabulary and how the vocabulary of the body can be used as an abstract language.

Regular one-to-one mentoring sessions are crucial for the development of each dancer. The emphasis of the feedback is to identify the dancer’s professional goals whilst assisting them with the skills to pursue these goals. Our focus is to encourage these emerging artists to be brave, bold and fearless guiding each individual towards the resources, skills sets and knowledge to achieve the highest standards required to excel within the industry.

This year’s DEBS participants have now been selected after a day of exploration at Dance Base on Monday 11 June, taking the form of:
·         Contemporary technique class
·         Choreographic/task-setting exercises working with repertory-based solos & duets
·         Individual conversations & feedback with Errol & Davina

 **Applications are now closed. Please look out for the next round of applications in early 2019. **

Further information on Errol White & Davina Givan:

Errol & Davina trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds with Errol coming from a large council estate in Bransholme, Hull and Davina from the Craigmillar council estate, Edinburgh. They have performed with some of the UK’s best-known contemporary dance companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Random Dance Company, Richard Alston and National Dance Company of Wales. Performing internationally alongside a number of distinguished directors and choreographers including Rui Horta, Bill T Jones, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Darshan Singh Buller, Fin Walker, Janet Smith and Ashley Page. Errol & Davina were the Artistic Director and Creative Director of National Youth Dance Wales from 2009 until 2013 creating and delivering their programmes.  Currently they are Co Artistic Directors of the Scottish contemporary dance duo White & Givan (previously Errol White Company).

As teachers, dance artists, choreographers & performers Errol & Davina have over 30 years experience, including five years with Scottish Dance Theatre. Errol was also the Rehearsal Director in tandem with his work as a dancer/performer. They continue to teach as guest lecturers in dance colleges and various educational settings throughout the UK sharing their legacy and knowledge of practice, teaching the next generation of contemporary dancers. They also lead residencies and classes for professionals and students. In 2014 Errol & Davina launched Scotland’s first paid pilot apprenticeship programme, Evolve, at the Studio Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.

Errol is a recipient of the Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics Award for Best Male Performer (2003/2004), the Marion North Mentoring Award for Choreography (2002), the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Award (2009). Davina has received several awards including the Critics Award by Dance Europe Magazine (Best Female Performer 2001/2002) The Mitchell Dance Award (1993), and a nomination for the highly prized Outstanding Young Artist category in the Critics Circle Dance Awards (2002).

Errol & Davina are currently in the process of creating their new production Worn. This new production is the second in a trilogy of work by White & Givan in which the critically acclaimed Breathe was the first in the trilogy of White & Givan’s brave, experimental and ‘deeply intimate’ duets created and performed by Errol and Davina in collaboration with three international artists. The work encapsulates the artistic duo’s professional relationship of the last 30 years, resulting in a work with remarkable depth and maturity.

Other most recent choreographic collaborations include the successful and critically acclaimed works Three Works (2009), IAM (2012) and Breathe (2014). In 2015, White & Givan were invited to work with Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Traverse Theatre in the capacity of Movement Directors and Choreographers for the new play Swallow by Stef Smith. Swallow won the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award-First Place when premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Traverse. Following on from the success of the initial collaboration he worked with the Traverse Theatre on their subsequent production’s including Tracks of the Winter Bear, Milk, Grain the Blood a co-production between Tron Theatre and the Traverse Theatre, Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith in 2017 and most recently Meet Me at Dawn a production by the Traverse Theatre for Edinburgh International Festival in 2017.

In 2016 White & Givan were invited to work with Francesca Joy, Artistic Director of Imagine if Theatre Company in Leeds as movement directors/choreographers for the new play You Forgot the Mince written by Francesca Joy. The play toured throughout theatres & prisons across the north of England during October through to November 2016 and received critical acclaim. In 2017 White & Givan and their most recent production Breathe were invited to attend High Fest 17 in Armenia. They were invited to the Aveiro International Dance Festival, Portugal to judge the contemporary and ballet categories in the dance competition and also deliver various technique and choreographic workshops. Throughout spring 2016/17 White & Givan toured Breathe taking the work to ten venues across Scotland including the Perth Concert Hall, Tramway and Traverse Theatre, receiving critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences.

For more detailed information on White & Givan please find a summary of all work undertaken, track record and any relevant achievements to date, project-related photos, interviews, podcasts, videos, related artworks, quotes and accompanying events documented and represented on our website High- resolution images are also available upon request.

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